While hospital food and nutrition workers are not directly involved in patient care, what they do and what they serve has a direct, beneficial and healthy impact on patients. Nutrition plays a key role in the recovery from a medical procedure or illness.


Education Requirements:

To work in the hospital as a food services worker, you may need a high school diploma or GED.


Little or no previous work-related experience is needed for these positions and training is usually on-the-job, provided by employer.


Successful job performance is dependent on following instructions and helping others.

Job Tasks:

  • Wash, peel and cut various foods, such as fruits and vegetables to prepare for cooking or serving.

  • Portion and wrap food or place it directly on plates for service to patrons.

  • Place food servings on plates or trays for delivery to patients in accordance with orders or instructions.

  • Monitor food distribution, ensuring that meals are delivered to the correct recipients and that guidelines, such as those for special diets, are followed.

  • Load trays with accessories such as eating utensils, napkins, or condiments.

  • Examine meal trays to ensure that they contain required items.

  • Clean or sterilize dishes, kitchen utensils equipment or facilities.

  • Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service or store in refrigerated storage containers.

Skills and Abilities Needed to Perform Job:

  • Knowledge of use of Microsoft programs (Excel and Office)

  • Knowledge and use of standard food preparation tools such as measuring instruments and containers.

  • Knowledge and use of standard commercial kitchen appliances such as blenders, food choppers, cubers, or dicers; and beverage dispensers.

  • Knowledge of work safe procedures.

  • Active Listening – Ability to give full attention to what others are saying and taking time to understand. 

  • Oral Comprehension – Ability to listen to and understand information presented through spoken words.

  • Oral Expression – Ability to communicate information in speaking so that others will understand.  

  • Information Ordering – Ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order to pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules.

  • Problem Sensitivity – Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.

  • Finger Dexterity – Ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate or assemble very small objects.

Desired Work Style Attributes:

  • Self-Control – Maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check

  • Cooperation – Pleasant with others

  • Social Orientation – Preferring to work with others rather than alone

  • Attention to details

  • Dependability – Reliable and responsible