Workers in this group include counter attendants, food preparers, kitchen helpers, food service helpers and dishwashers.
Counter attendants and food preparers:
Kitchen helpers, food service helpers and dishwashers:
Workers in this group:
Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 14,500
The responsibilities and duties of workers can overlap considerably depending on the business.
Food service counter attendants and food preparers:
Food service helpers:
Food service counter attendants and food preparers work days, evenings weekends and holidays. Hours tend to be irregular but flexible and split shifts are common.
Food service counter attendants and food preparers typically stand for long periods of time and often carry heavy trays. They work in kitchens that are hot, humid and fast-paced.
New technology has reduced the manual nature of the job with machines that can do some of the food and coffee preparation. This often means that tasks require fewer people and less hands-on involvement from workers.
Source: 2016 Census
Food service counter attendants and food preparers may need some secondary school education. Other requirements may include:
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There is a great deal of movement between jobs in this group.
Movement into other occupations within food preparation and service, such as cook or waiter, is possible with further training and experience. Individuals may also move into shift supervisor and management positions.
Additional resources are not currently available for this career.