Hospital Food Service Worker

Prepare and deliver healthy food to hospital patients.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$16,000 – $31,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hospital Food Service Workers do?

A hospital isn’t exactly a place where someone goes for a good time, but as a Hospital Food Service Worker, you can at least ensure that the food is good. Gone are the days of the hospital cafeteria’s mystery meat, and in comes the era of healthy and delicious meals based on each patient’s specific requirements. Your job as a Hospital Food Service Worker is to prepare and deliver trays to patients, and clean up afterward.

What’s an average day like?

When mealtime rolls around, the Hospital Food Service Worker starts setting out food for each patient. It’s like a game of musical chairs, only with trays. Color coded cards tell you what each patient can and can’t have, and it’s up to you to mix and match foods with who they go to. Of course, you always double-check your work for accuracy.

After delivering trays to patients, you help set up the cafeteria for visiting friends and family members. You set out foods, and keep utensils and plates stocked. After mealtime is over, you clean and wash all the silverware and trays for reuse at the next meal.

Then it’s off to collect trays from patients who have finished their food. You drop those off at the kitchen for cleaning, and deliver any extra food, such as desserts, a patient has requested.

Why does this job matter?

Your job ensures that each patient receives a safe and healthy diet. A patient with a peanut allergy certainly doesn’t need a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch! Your focus on little details like this is what makes your work so valuable.

Should I be a Hospital Food Service Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Food Service Assistant, Food Service Attendant, Food Service Hotel Runner, Food Service Tray Attendant See More

    How to Become a
    Hospital Food Service Worker

    Most Hospital Food Service Workers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zaaaa&chl=no+college+%2871%25%29|certificate+%2829%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,71,71
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