CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Cooks, Institution or Cafeteria

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Institution or Cafeteria
Summary Job Description Tasks
Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias. Clean and inspect galley equipment, kitchen appliances, and work areas to ensure cleanliness and functional operation.
Apportion and serve food to facility residents, employees, or patrons.
Cook foodstuffs according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions, or numbers of portions to be served.
Clean, cut, and cook meat, fish, or poultry.
Monitor use of government food commodities to ensure that proper procedures are followed.
Wash pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and other cooking equipment.
Compile and maintain records of food use and expenditures.
Direct activities of one or more workers who assist in preparing and serving meals.
Bake breads, rolls, and other pastries.
Train new employees.
Take inventory of supplies and equipment.
Monitor menus and spending to ensure that meals are prepared economically.
Plan menus that are varied, nutritionally balanced, and appetizing, taking advantage of foods in season and local availability.
Requisition food supplies, kitchen equipment, and appliances, based on estimates of future needs.
Determine meal prices, based on calculations of ingredient prices.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Institution or Cafeteria
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Institution or Cafeteria
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Institution or Cafeteria
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Institution or Cafeteria
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
GNOME Gnutrition Analytical or scientific software
IBM Lotus 1-2-3 Spreadsheet software
Meals Plus software Project management software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
PCS Revenue Control Systems FASTRAK School Meal Software Point of sale POS software
Pacific Triangle Software Bon Appetit Project management software
Point of sale POS software Point of sale POS software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Word processing software Word processing software
Apple corers Domestic apple corer
Blast chillers Blast freezers
Blenders Commercial use blenders
Bone saws Commercial use cutlery
Box graters Commercial use graters
Braziers Commercial use barbeque ovens
Bread slicers Commercial use food slicers
Broilers Commercial use broilers
Cappuccino makers Cappuccino or espresso machines
Carbonated beverage dispensers Carbonated beverage dispenser
Cash registers Cash registers
Chefs' knives Commercial use cutlery
Commercial coffee grinders Commercial use coffee grinders
Commercial coffeemakers Commercial use coffee or iced tea makers
Commercial dishwashers Commercial use dishwashers
Convection ovens Commercial use convection ovens
Conveyor ovens Commercial use ovens
Cream whippers Domestic whipped cream maker
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Disposal units Domestic garbage disposals
Double boilers Domestic double boilers
Electric deep-fat fryers Commercial use deep fryers
Electric stoves Commercial use ranges
Fire suppression blankets Fire blankets
Food dicers Commercial use food choppers or cubers or dicers
Food processors Commercial use food processors
Food shredders Commercial use graters
Food slicers Commercial use food slicers
Garbage compactors Domestic trash compactors
Gas stoves Commercial use ranges
Gas-powered deep-fat fryers Commercial use deep fryers
Griddles Commercial use griddles
Grills Commercial use grills
Hot dog cookers Commercial use hot dog grills
Ice shaving or crushing equipment Ice shaver machines or accessories
Ice-making machines Ice dispensers
Infrared heat lamps Commercial use heat lamps
Juice dispensers Non carbonated beverage dispenser
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Kitchen fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
Kitchen shears Commercial use cutlery
Kitchen tongs Domestic kitchen tongs
Knife sharpeners Domestic knife sharpeners
Mandolines Commercial use food slicers
Meat grinders Commercial use food grinders
Meat thermometers Domestic kitchen or food thermometers
Microwave ovens Commercial use microwave ovens
Mixers Commercial use mixers
Oyster knives Commercial use cutlery
Paring knives Commercial use cutlery
Parisian cutters Domestic garnishing tools
Pasta machines Commercial use pasta machines
Personal computers Personal computers
Pizza ovens Commercial use pizza ovens
Point of sale POS computer terminals Point of sale POS terminal
Portion scales Commercial use scales
Pressurized steam cookers Commercial use high pressure steamers
Refrigerator thermometers Domestic kitchen or food thermometers
Rice cookers Commercial use rice cookers
Rotisserie ovens Commercial use rotisseries
Salamanders Commercial use broilers
Serrated blade knives Commercial use cutlery
Sieves Domestic strainers or colanders
Sifters Domestic sifter
Steam kettles Commercial use steamers
Steam tables Commercial use food warmers
Strainers Domestic strainers or colanders
Toasters Commercial use toasters
Touch screen monitors Touch screen monitors
Waffle makers Commercial use waffle irons
Woks Commercial use woks
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Institution or Cafeteria
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Institution or Cafeteria
Alternate Job Title(s)
Basket Lunch Preparer
Boarding House Cook
Cafeteria Cook
Cafeteria Manager
Cafeteria Worker
Camp Cook
Cook Supervisor
Culinary Specialist
Diet Kitchen Cook
Dietary Aide
Dietary Cook
Food Service Specialist
Food and Nutrition Services Assistant
Galley Cook
Institutional Cook
Line Cook
Mess Cook
Ranch Cook
School Cafeteria Cook
School Cook
Second Cook and Baker
Ship's Cook
Special Diet Cook
Third Cook
CompGeo Occupation Group: Travel/Entrtnmt/Lodging/Restaurant
Job Family: Food Service
Benchmark Title: Cooks, Institution or Cafeteria
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