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:

  • Dietary Aide --
  • Dish Machine Operator (DMO) --
  • Dish Room Worker --
  • Dish Technician --
  • Dish Washer --
  • Dishwasher --
  • Kitchen Helper -- Cleans kitchen areas and perform various other activities to assist workers who prepare or serve food and beverages.
  • Kitchen Steward --
  • Stewarding Supervisor --
  • Utility Aide --