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Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

Job Information

Operate or tend cooking equipment, such as steam cooking vats, deep fry cookers, pressure cookers, kettles, and boilers, to prepare food products.


  • Most workers in manual food processing jobs require little or no training prior to being hired.
  • As more jobs involving cutting and processing meat shift from retail stores to food processing plants, job growth will be concentrated among lesser skilled workers, who are employed primarily in manufacturing.
  • Highly skilled bakers should be in demand.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $24,520/yr ($12.26/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma