Career Advice on How to Become A Short Order Cook

General Career Information

Despite the long held conception, short order cooks are no longer required to be literally short.  Today, short order cooks can be of any height.  In fact, there is one short order cook in China that is nearly seven feet tall.

By now you may have realized that the “short” in short order cook does not have anything at all to do with height, but instead has to do with the speed at which the food is prepared.  Short order cooks usually prepare easy meals quickly, thus the name.


Career Facts:

If you are interested in a career in the restaurant industry and don’t mind learning from the bottom up, then the job of short order cook will definitely put some experience under your belt (as well as a lot of fat and cholesterol from all the free fattening food that you are likely to eat!)  Short order cooks prepare food that is likely to shorten people’s lives as well, such as cheeseburgers, fries and other murderous dishes found at one’s local greasy spoon.

Work environments are usually cramped, noisy and hot.  If you are looking to prepare sophisticated food that will touch the souls of the masses, then you better head for a culinary school first and skip the on the job training that being a short order cook provides.  The job of the short order cook is to quickly prepare some slop, disguised just well enough to pass as food.  This often means throwing a little bacon on your creation for good measure.


Career Opportunities and Job Outlook- Poor:

The job outlook for the short order cook is expected to be poor between now and 2016.
Job Outlook is Poor

A Day in The Life:

Sure hope you like grease, because grease is your new best friend.  At the end of the day, every pour of your body will be oozing grease and your clothing will be soaked in the stuff.  If you don’t like the idea of being splattered with hot grease, then you might want to look into another career.

Average Salary:

The average short order cooks can expect to earn about $18,000.  This pay should be enough to cover the rent with the two other people he shares an apartment with and also buy lots of cheap hard liquor.  The top ten percent of short order cooks can expect to earn about $26,000 per year.  Like many jobs in the food service industry, the job of short order cook should be seen as a job in which to gain experience before moving onward.



Career Training and Qualifications:

There are no real requirements and much of the training is on the job.  Some short order cooks get 2-year and 4-year degrees while working as short order cooks.

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