FAST-FOOD WORKERS take orders from customers at counters or drive-through windows in fast-food restaurants. They pick up ordered drink and food items, such as coffee or soda, hamburgers or hotdogs, and french fries and serve them to customers. Fast-food workers take payment for the orders and give back change. Fast-food workers may prepare a limited selection of menu items in fast-food restaurants. They cook and package batches of food such as hamburgers, fried chicken, and french fries, which are made to order or kept warm until sold. Fast-food workers also make coffee and fill cups from drink dispensing machines.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $19,500 average per year ($9.50 per hour)
- A very large occupation (2,692,200 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.5% per year)
There are no specific educational requirements for FAST-FOOD WORKERS. For many people, a job as a fast-food worker serves as a source of immediate income, rather than a career. Fast-food jobs are one of the major sources of part-time employment for high school and college students. Employers in fast-food restaurants often use self-instruction programs with audiovisual presentations and instructional booklets to teach new employees food preparation and service skills.