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Overview

All Cooks

  • $1,068 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 38,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 48% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 54% female Gender Share

Cooks prepare, season and cook food in dining and catering establishments.

You can work as a Cook without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in cooking, catering or kitchen operations may be useful.

Tasks
  • examining foodstuffs to ensure quality
  • regulating temperatures of ovens, grills and other cooking equipment
  • preparing and cooking food
  • seasoning food during cooking
  • portioning food, placing it on plates, and adding gravies, sauces and garnishes
  • storing food in temperature controlled facilities
  • preparing food to meet special dietary requirements
  • may plan menus and estimate food requirements
  • may train other kitchen staff and apprentices

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Cook without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in cooking, catering or kitchen operations may be useful.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Tourism, Travel and Hospitality VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Cooks who have good interpersonal skills, who are reliable and are well presented.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Food production

    45% Skill level

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

  2. Production and processing

    38% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    37% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  4. Education and training

    35% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    33% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  6. Customer and personal service

    33% Skill level

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

  7. Administration and management

    32% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  8. English language

    30% Skill level

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

  9. Chemistry

    30% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  10. Sales and marketing

    26% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  11. Mechanical

    22% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  12. Personnel and human resources

    21% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  13. Communications and media

    20% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  14. Transportation

    20% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  15. Economics and accounting

    19% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  16. Psychology

    18% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  17. Law and government

    17% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  18. Technical design

    17% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  19. Computers and electronics

    17% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  20. Sociology and anthropology

    15% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  2. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  3. Critical thinking

    41% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Active learning

    39% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Time management

    39% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  6. Active listening

    37% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Quality control analysis

    37% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  8. Speaking

    37% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Instructing

    37% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  10. Judgment and decision making

    36% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  11. Social perceptiveness

    36% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  12. Writing

    36% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  13. Operation monitoring

    34% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  14. Complex problem solving

    34% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  15. Management of personnel resources

    34% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  16. Reading comprehension

    34% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  17. Serving others

    32% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  18. Management of material resources

    30% Skill level

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

  19. Mathematics

    30% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  20. Operation and control

    30% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    50% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Colour discrimination

    46% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  3. Near vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  4. Oral comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  6. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  7. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  9. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  10. Categorising

    41% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Deductive reasoning

    39% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  12. Visualization

    39% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  13. Multilimb coordination

    37% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  14. Selective attention

    37% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Speech recognition

    37% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Trunk strength

    37% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  17. Control precision

    37% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  18. Finger dexterity

    37% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  19. Inductive reasoning

    36% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  20. Speech clarity

    34% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    54% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Building good relationships

    49% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Looking for changes over time

    47% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  4. Doing physically active work

    44% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  5. Training and teaching others

    43% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  6. Managing payments and orders

    42% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  7. Communicating within a team

    41% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    40% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Coordinating the work of a team

    39% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    39% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    39% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  12. Controlling equipment or machines

    39% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    38% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  14. Coaching and developing others

    38% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  15. Thinking creatively

    35% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  16. Researching and investigating

    33% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    33% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  18. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    33% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  19. Checking for errors or defects

    32% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  20. Collecting and organising information

    26% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

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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, 35-2014.00 - Cooks, Restaurant.

Work Environment

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.

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Demands

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

  1. Spend time standing

    95% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    89% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  4. Contact with people

    86% Important

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

  5. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    83% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  6. Teamwork

    81% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Physically close to people

    81% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  8. Very hot or cold temperatures

    81% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  9. Indoors, heat controlled

    80% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  10. Time pressure

    75% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  11. Making repetitive motions

    75% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  12. Frequent decision making

    73% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Being exact or accurate

    69% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  14. Walking and running

    69% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  15. Unstructured work

    68% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  16. Health and safety of others

    68% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  17. Impact of decisions

    68% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  18. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    67% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  19. Exposure to contaminants

    65% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    64% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    67% Important

    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.

  2. Relationships

    62% Important

    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.

  3. Independence

    57% Important

    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.

  4. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Working conditions

    48% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    38% Important

    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.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Helping

    33% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Analytical

    19% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

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, 35-2014.00 - Cooks, Restaurant.

All Cooks

  • $1,068 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 38,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 48% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 54% female Gender Share

Cooks prepare, season and cook food in dining and catering establishments.

You can work as a Cook without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in cooking, catering or kitchen operations may be useful.

Tasks
  • examining foodstuffs to ensure quality
  • regulating temperatures of ovens, grills and other cooking equipment
  • preparing and cooking food
  • seasoning food during cooking
  • portioning food, placing it on plates, and adding gravies, sauces and garnishes
  • storing food in temperature controlled facilities
  • preparing food to meet special dietary requirements
  • may plan menus and estimate food requirements
  • may train other kitchen staff and apprentices

You can work as a Cook without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in cooking, catering or kitchen operations may be useful.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Tourism, Travel and Hospitality VET training pathways.

Employers look for Cooks who have good interpersonal skills, who are reliable and are well presented.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Food production

    45% Skill level

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

  2. Production and processing

    38% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    37% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  4. Education and training

    35% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    33% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  6. Customer and personal service

    33% Skill level

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

  7. Administration and management

    32% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  8. English language

    30% Skill level

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

  9. Chemistry

    30% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  10. Sales and marketing

    26% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  11. Mechanical

    22% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  12. Personnel and human resources

    21% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  13. Communications and media

    20% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  14. Transportation

    20% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  15. Economics and accounting

    19% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  16. Psychology

    18% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  17. Law and government

    17% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  18. Technical design

    17% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  19. Computers and electronics

    17% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  20. Sociology and anthropology

    15% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  2. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  3. Critical thinking

    41% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Active learning

    39% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Time management

    39% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  6. Active listening

    37% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Quality control analysis

    37% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  8. Speaking

    37% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Instructing

    37% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  10. Judgment and decision making

    36% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  11. Social perceptiveness

    36% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  12. Writing

    36% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  13. Operation monitoring

    34% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  14. Complex problem solving

    34% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  15. Management of personnel resources

    34% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  16. Reading comprehension

    34% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  17. Serving others

    32% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  18. Management of material resources

    30% Skill level

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

  19. Mathematics

    30% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  20. Operation and control

    30% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    50% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Colour discrimination

    46% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  3. Near vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  4. Oral comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  6. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  7. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  9. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  10. Categorising

    41% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Deductive reasoning

    39% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  12. Visualization

    39% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  13. Multilimb coordination

    37% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  14. Selective attention

    37% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Speech recognition

    37% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Trunk strength

    37% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  17. Control precision

    37% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  18. Finger dexterity

    37% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  19. Inductive reasoning

    36% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  20. Speech clarity

    34% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    54% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Building good relationships

    49% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Looking for changes over time

    47% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  4. Doing physically active work

    44% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  5. Training and teaching others

    43% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  6. Managing payments and orders

    42% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  7. Communicating within a team

    41% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    40% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  9. Coordinating the work of a team

    39% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    39% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    39% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  12. Controlling equipment or machines

    39% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    38% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  14. Coaching and developing others

    38% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  15. Thinking creatively

    35% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  16. Researching and investigating

    33% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    33% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  18. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    33% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  19. Checking for errors or defects

    32% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  20. Collecting and organising information

    26% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

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, 35-2014.00 - Cooks, Restaurant.

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

    95% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    89% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  4. Contact with people

    86% Important

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

  5. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    83% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  6. Teamwork

    81% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Physically close to people

    81% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  8. Very hot or cold temperatures

    81% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  9. Indoors, heat controlled

    80% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  10. Time pressure

    75% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  11. Making repetitive motions

    75% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  12. Frequent decision making

    73% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Being exact or accurate

    69% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  14. Walking and running

    69% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  15. Unstructured work

    68% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  16. Health and safety of others

    68% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  17. Impact of decisions

    68% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  18. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    67% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  19. Exposure to contaminants

    65% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    64% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    67% Important

    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.

  2. Relationships

    62% Important

    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.

  3. Independence

    57% Important

    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.

  4. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Working conditions

    48% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    38% Important

    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.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Helping

    33% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Analytical

    19% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

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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, 35-2014.00 - Cooks, Restaurant.
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