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Preparation: Career and Education Opportunities in Missouri

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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Missouri has a population of 5,987,580, which has grown by 7.01% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Show Me State," its capital is Jefferson City, though its largest city is Kansas City. In 2008, there were a total of 3,672,794 jobs in Missouri. The average annual income was $36,356 in 2008, up from $35,120 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Missouri was 9.3% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Roughly 21.6% of Missouri residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Missouri include stationery supplies merchant wholesalers, specialized freight trucking, and electrical apparatus, wiring supplies, and related equipment merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist destinations include the Kansas City Missouri City, the Crown Center Complex, and the Black Archives of Mid.


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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.