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Food Production Worker Assembling Sandwiches in Factory



Career Overview

What They Do


Food production workers operate equipment that process and prepare food products, dairy, baked goods, etc.  Employees set up, operate, and monitor machinery while ensuring products conform to specific standards and meet production quotas.  An important part of this position is maintaining a sanitary and organized production environment.

Job Duties

  • Record production and test data, such as processing steps, temperature and steam readings, cooking time, and batches processed as well as test results

  • Listen for malfunction alarms and shut down equipment and notify supervisors when necessary

  • Collect and examine product samples during production in order to test them for quality, color, content, consistency, viscosity, acidity, and/or specific gravity

  • Observe gauges, dials, and product characteristics and adjust controls in order to maintain appropriate temperature, pressure, and flow of ingredients

  • Read work orders, recipes, or formulas in order to determine cooking times and temperatures and ingredient specifications

  • Clean, wash, and sterilize equipment and cooking area using water hoses, cleaning/sterilizing solutions, or rinses

  • Set temperature, pressure, and time controls and start conveyers, machines, and pumps

  • Operate and control equipment such as kettles, cookers, vats, tanks, and boilers in order to cook ingredients or prepare products for further processing

Job Earnings

Source: (**2019 Median Annual Salary)

$34,680 per year (NYS median annual salary) 
$16.97 per hour (NYS median hourly wage)

Education/Training Requirements

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics &

Food production worker positions typically require a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate.  Previous related work experience is helpful.

Job Outlook & Growth

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics &

National growth of food production worker occupations is less than 3%.  In New York State, food production careers are expected to grow 15% between 2016-2026.

Career Pathway

Ways to Start Preparing for Your Future Career TODAY!

Middle & High School Opportunities

Local Colleges/Training

Local Career Connection

Eric Brooks, Production Manager

O-AT-KA Milk Products, Inc.

Batavia, NY

Travis Hurst, Lead Processing Technician


Avon, NY

Deeper Dive

Food Manufacturing

Wyoming County NY Industrial Development Agency

Oliver's Candies:

Inside the Candy Kitchen


Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With

Production Worker Jobs

O-AT-KA Milk Products Logo
Barilla logo
Creative Foods logo
Freeze-Dry Foods Logo
HP Hood Logo
Oliver's Candies Logo
Mizkan Logo
Kraft Heinz Logo
Once Again Nut Butter Logo
Treehouse Foods Logo
Pride Pak Logo
Seneca Foods logo
Yancey's Fancy logo
Bonduelle Logo

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