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Preparation: Career and Education Opportunities in Colorado

Preparation: Food Preparation staff are the support people for cooks and chefs. Working in the background, they do the work that makes it possible for chefs to focus on the actual cooking rather than the preparation and clean up.

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Colorado has a population of 5,024,748, which has grown by 16.82% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Centennial State," Colorado's capital and most populous city is Denver. In 2008, there were a total of 3,285,413 jobs in Colorado. The average annual income was $43,021 in 2008, up from $42,449 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Colorado was 7.7% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 32.7% of Colorado residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Colorado include professional equipment merchant wholesalers, computer peripheral equipment merchant wholesalers, and repair. Notable tourist destinations include the Fine and Dandy Gourmet Baskets & Gifts, the Denver City & County Government, and the Friends of Historic FT Logan.


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Food Service Aide

Food Service Aides perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea. Food Service Aides need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to read and understand what has been read.