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Information on the businesses and industries that employ Food preparation workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Restaurants & Food Services is the industry that employs the most Food preparation workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Food preparation workers, by average wage, is Bakeries & tortilla manufacturing, except retail bakeries. Food preparation workers are paid most in Bath City & Brunswick PUMA, ME but are relatively concentrated in Sunset Park & Windsor Terrace PUMA, NY.


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Demographic information on Food preparation workers in the US. The average age of male Food preparation workers in the workforce is 29.4 and of female Food preparation workers is 32.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Food preparation workers is White.

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Data on higher education choices for Food preparation workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Food preparation workers is Visual & Performing Arts but a relatively high number of Food preparation workers hold a major in Natural Resources & Conservation.



Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Food preparation workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Food preparation workers need many skills, but most especially Coordination, Active Listening, and Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Food preparation workers need more than the average amount of Quality Control Analysis, Coordination, and Service Orientation.

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Projections on wages and job growth for Food preparation workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Food preparation workers are expected to see a growth of 7.9% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow faster than the national average.

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