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Food Preparation Workers

in Massachusetts

Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

Occupation Projection for Food Preparation Workers

SOC
Code
Title Employment Change Average Annual Typical education needed for entry
2016 2026 Level Percent Exits Transfers Change Openings
352021  Food Preparation Workers 12,851 13,817 966 7.52 % 1,066 1,156 97 2,319 No formal educational credential 

Food Preparation Workers Projections by Industry

Industry 2016
Employment
Projected 2026 Employment Change
2016-2026
2017
Mean Annual OES Wage
Number Percent Distribution Number Percent Distribution Number Percent
Accommodation and Food Services    8,540  66 % 9,260  67 % 720  8 % $27,390
Food Services and Drinking Places    8,180  64 % 8,890  64 % 710  9 % $27,380
Health Care and Social Assistance    1,330  10 % 1,390  10 % 60  5 % $28,560
Educational Services    1,150  9 % 1,180  9 % 30  3 % $31,560
Educational Services    1,150  9 % 1,180  9 % 30  3 % $31,560
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities    580  5 % 610  4 % 30  5 % $26,210
Hospitals    530  4 % 550  4 % 20  4 % $31,140
Administrative and Support Services    380  3 % 390  3 % 10  3 % $29,640
Accommodation, including Hotels and Motels    370  3 % 370  3 % 0  1 % $27,750
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation    290  2 % 320  2 % 30  10 % $27,970
Social Assistance    170  1 % 180  1 % 10  5 % $28,010
Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance
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