Fast Food Cooks prepare a restricted range of foods in fast food establishments.

Specialisations: Short Order Cook.

You can work as a Fast Food Cook without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in hospitality might be helpful.

Tasks

  • taking and serving food and beverage orders, and receiving payment from customers
  • preparing food such as hamburgers, pizzas, fish and chips
  • washing, cutting, measuring and mixing foods for cooking
  • operating cooking equipment such as grills, microwaves and deep-fat fryers
  • cleaning food preparation areas, cooking surfaces and utensils
  • ordering and taking delivery of fast food ingredients
  • may arrange delivery of prepared food and beverages

All Fast Food Cooks

  • $927 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 45,100 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 16% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 18 years Average age
  • 29% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Fast Food Cooks (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 45,100 in 2018 to 49,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 43,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 8,600 a year).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
  • Location: Fast Food Cooks work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Accommodation and Food Services industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $927 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (16%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 18 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (74%).
  • Gender: 29% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200835700
200939600
201036300
201133000
201233600
201341300
201433900
201538400
201640500
201744900
201845100
202349900

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsFast Food CooksAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9271460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Accommodation and Food Services95.6
Retail Trade2.1
Manufacturing1.5
Health Care and Social Assistance0.1
Other Industries0.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFast Food CooksAll Jobs Average
NSW31.131.6
VIC27.725.6
QLD21.120.0
SA7.57.0
WA7.710.8
TAS2.42.0
NT0.81.0
ACT1.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFast Food CooksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1958.8-5.05.0
20-2415.1-9.39.3
25-349.8-22.922.9
35-445.9-22.022.0
45-546.0-21.621.6
55-592.2-9.09.0
60-641.3-6.06.0
65 and Over0.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationFast Food CooksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree4.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV8.4-21.121.1
Year 1230.5-18.118.1
Year 1116.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below35.4-12.512.5

You can work as a Fast Food Cook without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in hospitality might be helpful.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Retail Services and Tourism, Travel and Hospitality VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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Employers look for Fast Food Cooks who are reliable, interact well with customers and team members and are available when required.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    44% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Food production

    32% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  3. Production and processing

    31% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  4. English language

    31% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Education and training

    31% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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The skills and 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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Spend time standing

    98% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  2. Contact with people

    97% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  3. Teamwork

    90% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    87% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Face-to-face discussions

    87% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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.

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