Dishwashers

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About the Job

Clean dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.

It is also Called

  • Breakdown Person
  • Bus Person Dishwasher
  • Busser
  • Cook
  • Dish Room Worker
  • Dish Stacker
  • Dish Technician
  • Dishwasher
  • Dish Washer
  • Dishwashing Machine Operator

What They Do

  • Load or unload trucks that deliver or pick up food or supplies.
  • Prepare and package individual place settings.
  • Receive and store supplies.
  • Transfer supplies or equipment between storage and work areas, by hand or using hand trucks.
  • Set up banquet tables.
  • Clean or prepare various foods for cooking or serving.
  • Sort and remove trash, placing it in designated pickup areas.
  • Clean garbage cans with water or steam.
  • Sweep or scrub floors.
  • Stock supplies, such as food or utensils, in serving stations, cupboards, refrigerators, or salad bars.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Education Required

Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2012, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $20,130 with most people making between $16,060 and $27,660

Outlook

1.12%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 9,400 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 10,400 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 105 openings due to growth and about 385 replacement openings for approximately 490 total annual openings.