Fast Food Workers

Fast Food Worker Assists Customer

Whether the restaurant's menu features pizza, tacos, hamburgers, or fried chicken, a fast food worker is responsible for serving each customer the correct order in an efficient, professional, and courteous manner. Fast food workers may be employed by large chain restaurants or privately owned shops. Although most of these places serve only one kind of food, some establishments have a wide selection of dishes. In either type of restaurant, fast food workers should be familiar with the menu, including prices, portion sizes, side dishes or condiments, and how the food is prepared. There are more than 3.1 million cooks and food preparation workers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Cashiers, Cooks
Duties Take customers' orders, prepare and serve food, accept payment from customers, clean restaurant facilities
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Fast Food Restaurant Manager
  • Fast Food Worker
  • Trainee