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Dishwashers Career Video

About This Career

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

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 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

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • 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:

  • Steward
  • Utility Worker
  • Dish Machine Operator (DMO)
  • Dish Room Worker
  • Dish Technician
  • Pots and Pans Person
  • Kitchen Helper — Cleans kitchen areas and perform various other activities to assist workers who prepare or serve food and beverages.
  • Kitchen Steward
  • Utility Aide


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