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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 3,8474,177 8.6321 348702
United States 871,100939,700 7.972,400 78,500157,760

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 12.418.7610.00 11.9214.2617.07
Alaska 14.8810.7811.70 13.7216.9421.16
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 14.1110.7311.45 12.9415.5819.47
Fairbanks North Star Borough 14.8410.6011.52 13.4616.8920.11
Balance of State 16.4311.2712.95 15.2418.8924.33

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
5,7481,084 18.918.0 13.2
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation1,610
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation0
UI claimants previously working in occupation391
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 2,650
Number of job position postings 445
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 6.0

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

Alaska CHARR   (Anchorage)

Alaska Hospitality Retailers   (Anchorage)
Certified Food Protection Manager Certificate

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