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Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food - 35-3021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Perform duties which combine preparing and serving food and nonalcoholic beverages.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Car Hop
  • Deli Clerk (Delicatessen Clerk)
  • Deli Worker (Delicatessen Worker)
  • Dietary Aide
  • Food Service Assistant
  • Food Service Worker
  • Prep Cook (Preparation Cook)
  • Sandwich Artist
  • School Cafeteria Cook
  • Server

SOC Occupation Groups

35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations
35-3000 Food and Beverage Serving Workers
35-3020 Fast Food and Counter Workers
35-3021.00 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

Related Occupations


  • Accept payment from customers, and make change as necessary.
  • Arrange tables and decorations according to instructions.
  • Clean and organize eating, service, and kitchen areas.
  • Collect and return dirty dishes to the kitchen for washing.
  • Communicate with customers regarding orders, comments, and complaints.
  • Cook or reheat food items such as french fries.
  • Distribute food to servers.
  • Monitor and order supplies or food items and restock as necessary to maintain inventory.
  • Notify kitchen personnel of shortages or special orders.
  • Pack food, dishes, utensils, tablecloths, and accessories for transportation from catering or food preparation establishments to locations designated by customers.
  • Perform personnel activities such as supervising and training employees.
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver meals to individuals with special dietary needs.
  • Prepare and serve cold drinks, or frozen milk drinks or desserts, using drink-dispensing, milkshake, or frozen custard machines.
  • Prepare daily food items, and cook simple foods and beverages, such as sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, or coffee, using proper safety precautions and sanitary measures.
  • Provide caterers with assistance in food preparation or service.
  • Relay food orders to cooks.
  • Request and record customer orders, and compute bills using cash registers, multi counting machines, or pencil and paper.
  • Select food items from serving or storage areas and place them in dishes, on serving trays, or in take-out bags.
  • Serve customers in eating places that specialize in fast service and inexpensive carry-out food.
  • Serve food and beverages to guests at banquets or other social functions.
  • Wash dishes, glassware, and silverware after meals.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Arrange food for serving.
  • Arrange tables or dining areas.
  • Assist chefs or caterers with food or drink preparation.
  • Clean food preparation areas, facilities, or equipment.
  • Clean food service areas.
  • Clean tableware.
  • Collect dirty dishes or other tableware.
  • Communicate dining or order details to kitchen personnel.
  • Communicate with customers to resolve complaints or ensure satisfaction.
  • Cook foods.
  • Move equipment, supplies or food to required locations.
  • Operate cash registers.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Package food or supplies.
  • Prepare hot or cold beverages.
  • Process customer bills or payments.
  • Serve food or beverages.
  • Take customer orders.
  • Train food preparation or food service personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Culinary Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Submarine) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Attendant (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Private Mess Operations, Techniques, and Management (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Services (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Fast-Foods Worker