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Occupational Report for Food Preparation Workers (35-2021) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

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Food Preparation Workers
Employment Outlook for Food Preparation Workers
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2010 was much larger than the statewide average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist largely due to the need to fill replacement job openings.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Food Preparation Workers There are 70 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Kitchen Assistant 4/17/14 Mcminnville DOE
Prep Cook (Seasonal position 70 miles from Klamath Falls) 4/17/14 Crater Lake DOE
Service & Kitchen Team 4/17/14 Ontario Neg.
Panda Express Service and Kitchen Team - Oregon St Uni (259) 4/17/14 Corvallis Neg.
Deli Clerk 4/16/14 Madras $9.10/hr DOE
Deli Clerk 4/16/14 Happy Valley
Dietary Aide 4/15/14 Pendleton Neg.
Dietary Aide (001402) 4/15/14 Pendleton Neg.
Meat and Seafood Service Team Member 4/15/14 Portland
Bakery Production Team Member 4/15/14 Hillsboro
Meat and Seafood Service Team Member 4/15/14 Portland
Bakery Production Team Member 4/15/14 Hillsboro
Dietary Aide 4/15/14 Pendleton Neg.
Dietary Aide 4/14/14 Pendleton $9.10/hr Neg.
Service Deli Clerk 4/14/14 John Day $9.10/hr to $10.00/hr DOE
Seafood Clerk 4/14/14 Lake Oswego $9.15/hr
Meat and Seafood Production Team Member 4/13/14 Hillsboro
Meat and Seafood Production Team Member 4/13/14 Hillsboro
Sandwich Artists and Shift Leads 4/11/14 Hermiston $9.10/hr
Clerk-Seafood (11239) 4/11/14 Gresham DOE
Meat Service Team Member 4/11/14 Portland
Dietary/Culinary Aide, Req #22528 4/10/14 Albany $10.88/hr to $16.58/hr DOE
Dietary Aide 4/10/14 La Grande $10.15/hr
Kitchen Help, Cave Junction 4/10/14 Cave Junction
Meat Service Team Member 4/10/14 Portland
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Job Openings from the Web for Food Preparation Workers The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 85 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Specialty Service Team Member (75194) 4/16/14 Hillsboro Whole Foods Market
Prepared Foods Production Team Member (74838) 4/15/14 Tigard Whole Foods Market
Bakery Production Team Member 4/14/14 Hillsboro Whole Foods Market
Deli Clerk 4/14/14 Happy Valley WINCO FOODS
Restaurant Team Member Crew (en espażol) 4/14/14 Happy Valley Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
Restaurant Team Member Crew (en espażol) 4/14/14 Medford Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
Restaurant Team Member Crew (en espażol) 4/14/14 Eugene Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
Meat and Seafood Service Team Member 4/13/14 Portland Whole Foods
Bakery Production Team Member 4/13/14 Hillsboro Whole Foods
Meat and Seafood Service Team Member 4/12/14 Portland Whole Foods Market
Bakery Production Team Member (74492) 4/12/14 Hillsboro Whole Foods Market
Meat and Seafood Service Team Member (74570) 4/11/14 Portland Whole Foods Market
Meat and Seafood Production Team Member 4/11/14 Hillsboro Whole Foods Market
Meat and Seafood Production Team Member (74428) 4/10/14 Hillsboro Whole Foods Market
Meat Apprentice 4/10/14 Lincoln City Safeway
Meat and Seafood Production Team Member 4/10/14 Hillsboro Whole Foods
Meat Service Team Member 4/9/14 Portland Whole Foods Market
Kitchen Help Cave Junction 4/9/14 Cave Junction Wild River Brewing & Pizza Company
Restaurant Team Member Crew (en espażol) 4/8/14 Corvallis Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
Restaurant Team Member Crew (en espażol) 4/8/14 Happy Valley Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
Restaurant Team Member Crew (en espażol) 4/8/14 Gresham Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
Restaurant Team Member Crew (en espażol) 4/8/14 Beaverton Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
Restaurant Team Member Crew (en espażol) 4/8/14 Beaverton Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
Restaurant Team Member Crew (en espażol) 4/8/14 Tualatin Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
Restaurant Team Member Crew (en espażol) 4/8/14 Eugene Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
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State of Oregon License Information for Food Preparation Workers
License License Authority Web Site
Foodhandler Certification Oregon Health Authority - Public Health Division
Wages for Food Preparation Workers
Region ---------------- 2013 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Note: This occupation has a large share of part-time workers.
Annual wages for occupations with a large share of part-time workers may overstate actual income.
Oregon Statewide $9.18 $9.35 $9.69 $11.45 $13.75 $10.65 $22,156
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 9.17 9.33 9.57 10.88 12.12 10.29 21,406
Multnomah / Washington 9.19 9.38 10.04 11.78 14.19 10.91 22,686
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 9.18 9.35 9.69 11.83 14.34 10.86 22,596
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 9.17 9.34 9.62 11.15 13.17 10.44 21,716
Lane 9.18 9.35 9.63 11.16 13.37 10.52 21,877
Douglas 9.17 9.32 9.56 10.48 11.50 9.95 20,714
Coos / Curry 9.18 9.35 9.63 12.01 14.05 10.73 22,302
Jackson / Josephine 9.17 9.33 9.58 11.12 12.73 10.41 21,655
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 9.20 9.42 10.09 12.02 14.09 10.92 22,709
Baker / Union / Wallowa 9.22 9.46 10.27 11.30 12.01 10.80 22,451
Grant / Harney / Malheur 9.16 9.32 9.55 10.57 11.57 9.98 20,776
Clackamas 9.22 9.46 10.23 11.61 13.80 10.83 22,527
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Regional Employment Projections for Food Preparation Workers
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2010 2020 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 10,084 12,063 1,979 19.6% 198 399 597
Multnomah / Washington 3,533 4,315 782 22.1% 78 141 220
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 1,051 1,272 221 21.0% 22 42 64
Lane 1,028 1,202 174 16.9% 17 40 58
Clackamas 952 1,162 210 22.1% 21 38 59
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 752 881 129 17.2% 13 29 42
Jackson / Josephine 713 820 107 15.0% 11 28 38
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 515 616 101 19.6% 10 20 31
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 387 453 66 17.1% 7 15 22
Klamath / Lake 254 291 37 14.6% 4 10 14
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 248 291 43 17.3% 4 10 14
Douglas 196 229 33 16.8% 3 8 11
Coos / Curry 187 214 27 14.4% 3 7 10
Morrow / Umatilla 167 199 32 19.2% 3 7 10
Baker / Union / Wallowa 131 147 16 12.2% 2 5 7
Grant / Harney / Malheur 125 140 15 12.0% 2 5 6

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Food Preparation Workers
Industry
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Ownership 2010
Employment
Manufacturing Private 95
Retail Trade Private 3,226
Food and Beverage Stores Private 2,714
Grocery Stores Private 2,474
Specialty Food Stores Private 240
General Merchandise Stores Private 445
Other General Merchandise Stores Private 445
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 1,218
Hospitals Private 267
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 261
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities Private 800
Nursing Care Facilities Private 251
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly Private 540
Social Assistance Private 149
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Private 82
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries Private 78
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries Private 78
Accommodation and Food Services Private 3,970
Accommodation Private 216
Traveler Accommodation Private 165
Food Services and Drinking Places Private 3,754
Full-Service Restaurants Private 2,188
Limited-Service Eating Places Private 1,233
Special Food Services Private 307
Other Services (except Public Administration) Private 146
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations Private 146
Religious Organizations Private 111
Educational Services State 105
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools State 105
Educational Services Local 993
Elementary and Secondary Schools Local 898
Educational Requirements for Food Preparation Workers There are typically no educational requirements for this occupation. Those with a high school diploma or equivalent have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, short-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Food Preparation Workers
  • Apply Food Handling Rules
  • Apply Health And Sanitation Standards
  • Apply Product Knowledge To Marketing Of Goods
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Clean, Peel And Slice Fruits And Vegetables
  • Cook In Quantity
  • Cut Meat
  • Follow Recipes
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Interpret And Apply Health Regulations In Lodging And Food Service
  • Maintain Consistent Quality
  • Measure Or Weigh Ingredients
  • Operate Baking Equipment
  • Operate Cooking Equipment
  • Operate Food Preparation Equipment
  • Prepare Meals
  • Set Up And Operate Carbonated Beverage Machines
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Weigh And Package Products
  • Work As A Team Member
Schools and Training Providers for Food Preparation Workers The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405-0640
Phone: (541) 463-3000
Programs of Training:
Tillamook Bay Community College
4301 Third St.
Tillamook, OR 97141
Phone: (503) 842-8222
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 383-7500
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Food Preparation Workers These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Central Oregon Community College
Linn-Benton Community College
Tillamook Bay Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Food Preparation Workers matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Cooks, Fast Food 67%
Cooks, Short Order 61%
Cooks, Restaurant 47%
Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 43%
Cooks, All Other 41%
Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria 41%
Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders 36%
Food Mixing And Blending Machine Operators And Tenders 33%
Food Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders 32%
Bakers 31%