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Details for Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food


Perform duties which combine both food preparation and food service.


  • Accept payment from customers, and make change as necessary.
  • Request and record customer orders, and compute bills using cash registers, multicounting machines, or pencil and paper.
  • Clean and organize eating and service areas.
  • Serve customers in eating places that specialize in fast service and inexpensive carry-out food.
  • Prepare and serve cold drinks, or frozen milk drinks or desserts, using drink-dispensing, milkshake, or frozen custard machines.
  • Select food items from serving or storage areas and place them in dishes, on serving trays, or in takeout bags.
  • Prepare simple foods and beverages such as sandwiches, salads, and coffee.
  • Notify kitchen personnel of shortages or special orders.
  • Cook or re-heat food items such as french fries.
  • Wash dishes, glassware, and silverware after meals.
  • Collect and return dirty dishes to the kitchen for washing.
  • Relay food orders to cooks.
  • Distribute food to servers.
  • Serve food and beverages to guests at banquets or other social functions.
  • Provide caterers with assistance in food preparation or service.
  • Pack food, dishes, utensils, tablecloths, and accessories for transportation from catering or food preparation establishments to locations designated by customers.
  • Arrange tables and decorations according to instructions.


  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
  • Experience - Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.


  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Related Careers

  • Bartenders
  • Cashiers
  • Cooks, Short Order
  • Counter and Rental Clerks
  • Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
  • Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
  • Food Preparation Workers
  • Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
  • Waiters and Waitresses
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