Fast Food Workers

Whether the restaurant's menu lists 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 million fast food workers employed in the United States.

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

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