How to become a Kitchen Hand

Kitchen hands assist cooks and chefs in preparing and storing food, washing dishes and kitchen utensils, and cleaning work areas.

Personal requirements of a Kitchen Hand

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to work quickly and safely with minimal supervision
  • Good personal hygiene
  • Free from skin allergies to foods and detergents
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to work as part of a team

Education & Training for a Kitchen Hand

You can work as a kitchen hand without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a kitchen hand through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.6%

NSW 29.4%

NT 1.1%

QLD 22.3%

SA 6.5%

TAS 2.7%

VIC 23.5%

WA 12.9%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 45.4%

Female 54.6%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 11%

Not completed Year 12: 34.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 29%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 13.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 4.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 7.1%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0.9%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 36.2%

Above 35 years: 35.1%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
This job provides the opportunity to learn about other kitchen work and can serve as an introduction to the catering and hospitality industries.
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