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How to become a Line Cook

Many employers prefer candidates that have completed an associate's degree program or a culinary arts apprenticeship. Associate's degree programs in culinary arts feature coursework in preparing sauces, soups, cold food and international cuisine. Students also train in food safety.

How to become: Cook · Chef · Kitchen Team Member · Grill Cook · Line Cook/Prep Cook
These qualifications are required: Food Handler Certification · ServSafe · Driver's License
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What skills help Line Cooks find jobs?

  • Baking
  • Basic math
  • Bilingual
  • Catering
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Cooking
  • Culinary experience
  • Customer service
  • English
  • Expediting
  • Food handling
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Career progression for Line Cook

Education levels for Line Cooks

Based on the requirements of Line Cook job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED79.7%
Associate's degree11.7%
Bachelor's degree6.8%
Middle school education1.3%
Master's degree0.5%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Line Cook in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$23,200
4 - 8$25,200
8 - 12$26,100
12 - 16$26,200
16 - 20$26,500
20 - 24$26,500
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Common qualifications for Line Cooks

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Craven Community College
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  • certificationFood Handler Certification
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Common questions about career advices for a Line Cook

If I am selected for an interview, how should I dress for an interview?

A shirt and tie is the first step to proper interview attire, though you can likely have an acceptable interview in a clean and wrinkle-free polo shirt and dress slacks.

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