Workforce Atlas Job Spotlight: Restaurant Cook
Posted by Jessica Gilmour on December 03, 2020 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryMember Tips

In 2017, Pearson, founding partner of Project Literacy, joined forces with ProLiteracy to develop Workforce Atlas, an online career pathways platform that assesses adults’ literacy, numeracy, workplace skills, and interests. Once users complete assessments of their literacy, numeracy, and interests, they are directed to recommended occupations, online resources, and local providers that can help them achieve their professional, academic, and personal aspirations. Workforce Atlas offers a multitude of personalized career options that increase overall effectiveness during the job search. 

A preview of the information offered on Workforce Atlas about a career as a restaurant cook is highlighted below: 

Job Spotlight 

CooksRestaurant: Assistant Cook/Back Line Cook/Banquet Chef 



Some cooks work in restaurants. They prepare food that diners order. Some order supplies and keep records. Some set prices on the menu. Some plan the menu. 


Things You Would Do in This Job 

  • Arrange food on plates so that it looks good. Make sure the right amount is served. Give plates to waiters or diners. 
  • Cook and flavor food with salt, pepper, herbs, and more. Follow recipes and make choices based on your learning and know-how. 
  • Turn or stir foods so they cook in an even way. 


Skills You Will Need for This Occupation 

Skill name: 

  • Critical Thinking and Solving Hard Problems 
  • Equipment Upkeep and Repairing 
  • Reading and Writing 
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Percentage of People Who Work in This Occupation: 

Did not finish high school: 

Percentage: 18.92% 

High School Diploma or Equivalency Degree: 

Percentage: 44.02% 

Post-High School Certificate: 

Percentage: 17.56% 

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