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Fast Food Cooks prepare a restricted range of foods in fast food establishments.
Specialisations: Short Order Cook
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a large occupation employing 43,800 workers. The number of workers has grown very strongly over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow strongly to 48,200. Around 42,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).
A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job. Around two in five workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Fast Food Cooks who are reliable, interact well with customers and team members and are available when required.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Looking for ways to help people.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Order or arrange things (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Communicate by speaking.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 35-2011.00 - Cooks, Fast Food.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Identifying the educational needs of others, developing training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How much time do you spend standing?
How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?
How important is it to work with others in a group or team?
How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.