Learn about the types of people who become food preparation workers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


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Employment Type Mix, 2022

37% of food preparation workers work in full-time roles while 63% work part-time.

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Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a food preparation worker. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming food preparation workers at a ratio of 1.05 to 1.

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Actual Gender Mix, 2022

55% of food preparation workers are female and 45% are male.

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Gender Bias, 2022

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a food preparation worker and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a food preparation worker and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming a food preparation worker than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.

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Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of food preparation workers are White, making up 64% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and Black or African American, making up 9% and 8% respectively.