NOC 6711 – Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related


  • airline food assembler
  • bar helper
  • barista
  • bartender helper
  • bus boy/girl
  • cafeteria counter attendant
  • cafeteria helper
  • cafeteria worker
  • cafeteria-buffet attendant
  • camp cook’s helper
  • camp lunchroom attendant
  • caterer helper
  • cook’s helper
  • counter attendant – food service
  • counterperson – food services
  • dessert maker
  • dessert preparer
  • dietary aide
  • dining room assistant
  • dining room attendant
  • dishwasher
  • dishwashing machine attendant
  • donut shop attendant
  • donut shop clerk
  • donut shop counter clerk
  • doughnut shop attendant
  • doughnut shop clerk
  • doughnut shop counter clerk
  • drive-in food service attendant
  • expediter – food services
  • fast-food preparer
  • fast-food service attendant
  • fish and chips preparer
  • food and beverage service runner assistant
  • food and beverage services attendant
  • food assembler – fast food
  • food concession worker
  • food counter attendant
  • food preparer
  • food runner
  • food service attendant
  • food service counter attendant
  • food service helper
  • food service worker
  • hospital meal attendant
  • hospital tray carrier
  • hot dog vendor
  • ice cream counter attendant
  • ice cream vendor
  • kitchen helper
  • logging camp cook’s helper
  • lunchroom counter attendant
  • lunchroom counterman/woman
  • popcorn vendor
  • pot washer
  • restaurant counter attendant
  • salad and sandwich maker
  • salad bar attendant
  • salad maker
  • sandwich artist
  • sandwich maker
  • sandwich, salad and dessert maker
  • silverware cleaner
  • snack bar attendant
  • steam table attendant – food services
  • street food vendor
  • sushi preparer
  • take-out attendant – fast food
  • tray carrier attendant – hospital

Job Duties

Food counter attendants and food preparers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Take customers’ orders
  • Clean, peel, slice and trim foodstuffs using manual and electric appliances
  • Use deep fryer, grill, oven, dispensers and other equipment to prepare fast food items such as sandwiches, hamburgers, fries, salads, ice cream dishes, milkshakes and other beverages
  • Portion, assemble, and wrap food or place it directly on plates for service to patrons, and package take-out food
  • Use equipment to prepare hot beverages such as coffee and tea specialties
  • Serve customers at counters or buffet tables
  • Stock refrigerators and salad bars and keep records of the quantities of food used
  • May receive payment for food items purchased.

Kitchen helpers perform 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.

Food service helpers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Clear and clean tables and trays in eating establishments
  • Bring clean dishes, flatware and other items to serving areas and set tables
  • Replenish condiments and other supplies at tables and in serving areas
  • Remove dishes before and after courses
  • Perform other duties such as scraping and stacking dishes, carrying linen to and from laundry area and running errands.

Dishwashers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Wash dishes, glassware, flatware, pots and pans using dishwasher or by hand
  • Place dishes in storage area
  • Scour pots and pans, and may clean and polish silverware.

Employment Requirements

  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.

Additional Information

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


  • Chefs (6321)
  • Cooks (6322)
  • Food and beverage servers (6513)
  • Food service supervisors (6311)

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