Food Preparation Workers

2.7/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $13.84 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 77% (Robots are watching)

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated
Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Manual Dexterity
Finger Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
very important
quite important
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Food Preparation Workers' job openings is expected to rise 2.2% by 2031
'Food Preparation Workers' is expected to be a slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Food Preparation Workers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Food Preparation Workers' was $28,780, or $13.84 hourly
'Food Preparation Workers' are paid 37.1% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as food preparation workers?

As of 2021 there were 783,350 people employed as Food Preparation Workers within the United States.
This represents around 0.56% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 179 people are employed as Food Preparation Workers.

Job description

Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

SOC Code: 35-2021.00


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Tyler Fortnite Ninja Blevins (No chance) says
Saying a job is going to be taken by robots is such a weak mindset.
Nov 16, 2020 at 10:35 AM
Erin Clay says
I voted high because one can pretty much take a Raspberry Pi and a camera today and get a few robot arms and sensors (if they have the skills and know how, of course) and automate the process with some relays and programmable logic controllers (PLCs)...sooo by using a sensor network. But good food quality testing would have to be in place as well.
Mar 31, 2019 at 10:12 PM

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