Kitchen Helpers

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Kitchen Helpers

Kitchen Helpers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, kitchen helpers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a low to medium level of social contact. They get instructions from supervisors, but spend most of their shift working alone or with other helpers.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of other workers and customers.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other helpers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors, but may work outdoors while unloading supplies from trucks or catering outdoor events.
  • Sometimes wear uniforms such as aprons or jackets.
  • Are on rare occasions exposed to hazardous situations when cutting or slicing. The likelihood of even slight injury is low.
  • Often wear protective attire such as hair nets and gloves.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details of the job are done and their work is exact. Errors could affect the health of customers.
  • Must sometimes match the pace of work to the speed of equipment.


  • May work full time or part time.
  • May work days, evenings, weekends, or holidays.
  • May be required to work split shifts. For example, they might work from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., with time off in between.
  • May be required to work rotating shifts. For example, they might work days one week and evenings the next.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.