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Kitchen helpers

OaSIS code 65201.02

Kitchen helpers perform various other activities to assist workers who prepare or serve food and beverages.

Overview

Also known as

  • Cafeteria helper
  • Cook's helper
  • Kitchen helper

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Wash and peel vegetables and fruit
  • Wash work tables, cupboards and appliances
  • Remove trash and clean kitchen garbage containers
  • Unpack and store supplies in refrigerators, cupboards and other storage areas
  • Sweep and mop floors, and perform other duties to assist cook and kitchen staff.

Additional information

  • Movement into other occupations within food preparation and service, such as cook or waiter, is possible with further training and experience.
  • There is considerable mobility among jobs in this unit group.

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NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

6 – Sales and service occupations

TEER

5 – Occupations usually require short-term work demonstration and no formal education

Major group

65 – Sales and service support occupations

Sub-major group

652 – Support occupations in food, accommodation and tourism

Minor group

6520 – Food support occupations

Unit group

65201 – Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations

Occupational profile

65201.02 – Kitchen helpers

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
3 - Moderate Level
Handling and Moving Objects
3 - Moderate Level
Performing General Physical Activities
3 - Moderate Level
Communicating with Coworkers
2 - Low Level
Controlling Machines and Processes
2 - Low Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
1 - Less than 35 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
1 - Very little time
Standing
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
3 - About half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Cafeterias
  • Coffee shops
  • Fast-food outlets
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
3 - Moderate Level
Dynamic Strength
3 - Moderate Level
Finger Dexterity
3 - Moderate Level
Finger-Hand-Wrist Motion
3 - Moderate Level
Manual Dexterity
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Coordinating
1 - Lowest Level
Critical Thinking
1 - Lowest Level
Decision Making
1 - Lowest Level
Evaluation
1 - Lowest Level
Instructing
1 - Lowest Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Adaptability
3 - Important
Attention to Detail
3 - Important
Concern for Others
3 - Important
Independence
3 - Important