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COOKS, INSTITUTION AND CAFETERIA
An Occupation in
 
Occupation Description:
 
  Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.
 
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Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Clean and inspect galley equipment, kitchen appliances, and work areas to ensure cleanliness and functional operation.
  • Apportion and serve food to facility residents, employees, or patrons.
  • Cook foodstuffs according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions, or numbers of portions to be served.
  • Clean, cut, and cook meat, fish, or poultry.
  • Monitor use of government food commodities to ensure that proper procedures are followed.
  • Wash pots, pans, dishes, utensils, or other cooking equipment.
  • Compile and maintain records of food use and expenditures.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people..
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one..
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • 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..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques..
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions..
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology..
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Short-term on-the-job training (short demonstration up to one month)
 
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Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $35,745.00 $17.18 $12.63 $13.67 - $19.77
Bridgeport/Stamford $34,328.00 $16.51 $12.01 $13.34 - $19.01
Danbury $36,218.00 $17.41 $13.48 $14.63 - $19.41
Hartford $35,992.00 $17.31 $12.75 $13.66 - $21.00
New Haven $40,542.00 $19.49 $13.93 $15.10 - $22.63
New London/Norwich $32,355.00 $15.55 $11.97 $12.62 - $17.88
Waterbury $33,300.00 $16.01 $13.17 $13.49 - $18.42
Torrington $35,375.00 $17.01 $12.90 $13.80 - $18.82
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 3,610 3,890 0.7% 124
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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