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Preparation: Career and Education Opportunities in West Virginia

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.

West Virginia
West Virginia photo by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation

West Virginia has a population of 1,819,777, which has grown by 0.63% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Mountain State," West Virginia's capital and biggest city is Charleston. In 2008, there were a total of 934,944 jobs in West Virginia. The average annual income was $31,634 in 2008, up from $30,121 in 2007. The unemployment rate in West Virginia was 7.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Approximately 14.8% of West Virginia residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in West Virginia include bituminous coal underground mining, plastics material manufacturing, and pipeline transportation. Notable tourist attractions include the P A Denny, the Robert C Byrd Health Sciences C of W Vrgna Unvrsty, and the Craik.


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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.