Food Preparation Workers (35-2021)

Occupation description:  Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 3,1603,506 10.935 93127
United States 873,900928,800 6.35,480 24,34029,830

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 11.028.379.12 10.3112.1914.93
Alaska 13.119.7610.29 11.9214.9318.11
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 12.359.769.87 11.2013.9517.08
Fairbanks North Star Borough 13.779.9911.03 13.1715.8218.39
Southeast Region 13.3110.0910.77 12.0514.3417.70
Balance of State 14.259.7611.14 13.4816.6919.36

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
4,813983 20.419.9 14.8
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation1,781
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation0
UI claimants previously working in occupation370
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 2,423
Number of job position postings 822
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.9

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: No formal educational credential Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska CHARR   (Anchorage)
ServSafe

 Degree
Alaska Hospitality Retailers   (Anchorage)
Certified Food Protection Manager Certificate

 Degree
Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Certified Food Protection Manager Certification
Cottage Foods