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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 2012 was much larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Food Preparation Workers There are 89 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Espresso Clerk 8/28/14 Florence $9.30/hr
Food Service Worker, Patient Services 8/28/14 Portland
Food Service Worker 8/28/14 Portland
Food Service Worker 8/28/14 Portland
Nutrition Aide 8/27/14 Baker City $9.55/hr
Restaurant Worker 8/27/14 Paterson $9.32/hr
Checkers / Order Pickers 8/26/14 Portland $15.83/hr to $22.61/hr DOE
Food Service Assistant Substitute 8/26/14 Coos Bay
Food Service Worker 8/26/14 Portland
Food Service Worker 8/26/14 Portland
Relief Food Service Worker 8/26/14 Portland
Hospitality Aide - On Call 8/26/14 Hillsboro
Bakery Service Team Member 8/26/14 Portland
Specialty Team Member 8/26/14 Portland
Deli Clerk 8/26/14 Hillsboro
Pizza Clerk 8/26/14 Eugene
Meat Wrapper-Counter Clerk 8/26/14 Hillsboro
Deli Clerk 8/26/14 Beaverton
Head Start Food Service Aide 8/25/14 Salem $9.10/hr
Shift Lead 8/25/14 Pendleton $9.10/hr
Assistant Manager 8/25/14 Pendleton $451.20/wk DOE
Sandwich Artist 8/24/14 Waldport $9.10/hr DOE
Meat Wrapper-Counter Clerk 8/24/14 Portland
Deli Clerk 8/24/14 Corvallis
Kitchen Helper 8/21/14 Salem $9.10/hr DOE
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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 39 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Food Service Worker Patient Services 8/27/14 Portland Oregon Health & Science University
Food Service Worker 8/27/14 Portland Oregon Health & Science University
Food Service Worker 8/27/14 Portland Oregon Health & Science University
Hospitality Aide - On Call 8/25/14 Hillsboro Kaiser Permanente
Pizza Clerk 8/23/14 Eugene WINCO FOODS
Deli Clerk 8/23/14 Beaverton WINCO FOODS
Hospitality Aide - On Call 8/23/14 Hillsboro Kaiser Permanente
Hospitality Aide - On Call 8/23/14 Hillsboro Kaiser Permanente
Deli Clerk 8/23/14 Hillsboro WINCO FOODS
Meat Wrapper-Counter Clerk 8/23/14 Hillsboro WINCO FOODS
FOOD SERVICE ASSISTANT SUBSTITUTE 8/22/14 Coos Bay SODEXO
Food Service Worker 8/22/14 Portland Oregon Health & Science University
Food Service Worker 8/22/14 Portland Oregon Health & Science University
Specialty Team Member 8/22/14 Portland Whole Foods Market
Bakery Service Team Member 8/22/14 Portland Whole Foods Market
Deli Clerk 8/21/14 Corvallis WINCO FOODS
Meat Wrapper-Counter Clerk 8/21/14 Portland WINCO FOODS
Kitchen Assistant 8/20/14 Portland Neighborhood House
Porter 8/18/14 Hillsboro Guckenheimer
Food Runner 8/18/14 Portland Departure
FOOD SERVICES ATTENDANT 8/17/14 Bend SCHS
FOOD SERVICES ATTENDANT 8/17/14 Bend SCHS
Service Deli Clerk 8/15/14 Tualatin
Bakery Clerk 8/15/14 Tualatin
Wait Staff: Avamere at Hillsboro 8/13/14 Hillsboro Avamere Health Services
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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 ---------------- 2014 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 $9.21 $9.32 $9.59 $11.25 $13.33 $10.52 $21,882
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 9.24 9.35 9.54 11.02 13.84 10.57 21,977
Multnomah / Washington 9.24 9.37 10.07 11.61 13.77 10.80 22,464
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 9.15 9.25 9.49 11.17 13.31 10.41 21,658
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 9.18 9.29 9.65 11.48 13.40 10.54 21,913
Lane 9.22 9.32 9.52 10.76 12.34 10.32 21,458
Douglas 9.14 9.25 9.42 10.17 11.17 9.78 20,354
Coos / Curry 9.20 9.31 9.55 12.20 13.94 10.72 22,308
Jackson / Josephine 9.19 9.29 9.48 10.87 12.60 10.31 21,448
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 9.12 9.24 9.75 11.90 13.82 10.70 22,260
Klamath / Lake 9.20 9.27 9.38 9.53 10.95 9.81 20,412
Morrow / Umatilla 9.19 9.24 9.33 9.43 10.36 9.56 19,884
Baker / Union / Wallowa 9.17 9.28 9.66 11.04 12.46 10.50 21,834
Grant / Harney / Malheur 9.18 9.27 9.43 10.10 11.21 9.91 20,601
Clackamas 9.24 9.41 10.09 11.33 13.16 10.62 22,093
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Regional Employment Projections for Food Preparation Workers
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 11,728 13,514 1,786 15.2% 179 336 515
Multnomah / Washington 4,264 4,848 584 13.7% 58 122 180
Lane 1,280 1,462 182 14.2% 18 37 55
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 1,163 1,288 125 10.7% 12 33 45
Clackamas 1,032 1,157 125 12.1% 12 30 42
Jackson / Josephine 990 1,105 115 11.6% 12 28 40
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 868 939 71 8.2% 7 25 32
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 618 716 98 15.9% 10 18 28
Morrow / Umatilla 322 347 25 7.8% 2 9 11
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 269 297 28 10.4% 3 8 11
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 248 274 26 10.5% 3 7 10
Klamath / Lake 213 229 16 7.5% 2 6 8
Coos / Curry 161 159 -2 -1.2% 0 5 5
Douglas 135 149 14 10.4% 1 4 5
Baker / Union / Wallowa 98 105 7 7.1% 1 3 4
Grant / Harney / Malheur 95 103 8 8.4% 1 3 4

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 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 11,728
Total All Industries Private 10,599
Manufacturing Private 138
Food Manufacturing Private 124
Retail Trade Private 3,223
Food and Beverage Stores Private 2,743
Grocery Stores Private 2,387
Specialty Food Stores Private 351
General Merchandise Stores Private 405
Other General Merchandise Stores Private 405
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 1,198
Hospitals Private 294
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 290
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities Private 761
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) Private 233
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly Private 518
Social Assistance Private 140
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Private 98
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries Private 95
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries Private 95
Accommodation and Food Services Private 5,734
Accommodation, including Hotels and Motels Private 236
Traveler Accommodation Private 168
Food Services and Drinking Places Private 5,498
Special Food Services Private 429
Restaurants and Other Eating Places Private 5,047
Other Services (except Government) Private 132
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations Private 132
Religious Organizations Private 103
Total All Industries Local 1,092
Educational Services Local 1,053
Elementary and Secondary Schools Local 931
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 No programs of training are associated with this occupation.
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 42%
Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria 41%
Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders 36%
Food Batchmakers 33%
Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine Operators And Tenders 32%
Bakers 31%