Kitchen Helper/Dishwasher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Cleans dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.

This career is part of the Hospitality and Tourism cluster Restaurants and Food/Beverage Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Washes dishes, glassware, flatware, pots, or pans, using dishwashers or by hand.
  • Maintains kitchen work areas, equipment, or utensils in clean and orderly condition.
  • Places clean dishes, utensils, or cooking equipment in storage areas.
  • Sorts and removes trash, placing it in designated pickup areas.
  • Sweeps or scrubs floors.
  • Stocks supplies, such as food or utensils, in serving stations, cupboards, refrigerators, or salad bars.
  • Cleans or prepares various foods for cooking or serving.
  • Receives and stores supplies.
  • Cleans garbage cans with water or steam.
  • Transfers supplies or equipment between storage and work areas, by hand or using hand trucks.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Scullion -- Performs any combination of tasks involved in cleaning ship's galleys, bakery, and butcher shop.
  • Silver Wrapper -- Spreads silverware on absorbent cloth to remove moisture. Wraps individual place settings in napkins or inserts them with prescribed accessory condiments in plastic bag and closes bag with electric sealer. May immerse silverware in cleaning solution to re