Dietary AideJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Dietary Aides assist in the preparation of meals for patients under the guidance of a dietary manager or cook. They typically prepare food dishes, deliver them to patients, and maintain a clean work area. Dietary aides must be competent at following instructions in the preparation of meals and must follow all safety and health standards. They need to have a friendly personality and good customer service skills. A dietary aide may also wash dishes, cookware, and silverware, stock ingredients and monitor inventory, and assist in tracking expenses and menu planning.

Good communication skills, physical stamina, and a passion for healthy eating are important traits in a dietary aide. They may work in healthcare facilities, long-term care facilities, hospitals, or other healthcare environments. They also need excellent cooking skills, good communication skills, and should be highly organized. 

Sample job description #1

At this time, we are seeking a Dietary Aide to join our team!

Responsibilities

  • Prepares and/or pre-portions food (such as beverages, salads, desserts, and other items assigned by the supervisor) for regular and therapeutic diets according to the planned menu and production sheets and as directed
  • Handles food using proper food handling and food safety techniques according to established policies and procedures
  • Insures that food is served in an attractive, appetizing manner. Uses proper tasting technique to insure quality taste and palatability prior to service
  • Maintains the proper temperature of food during preparation and service. Records food temperatures according to established policy
  • Assists with the setup of the tray line. Assembles trays according to the planned menu and tray tickets, stated portion, resident food preferences, and diet order and within the established time schedules. Assists in checking trays during service for accuracy

Qualifications

  • Must possess, at a minimum, a 10th grade education
  • Possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action
  • Be able to interpret and implement written or oral policies, procedures, and instructions
  • Possess the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide
  • Communicate effectively

Sample job description #2

The Dietary Aide/Meal Attendant assists with meal service, dining room assistance and cleaning of the meal area as needed. The Dietary Aide/Meal Attendant will have direct contact with study volunteers and is responsible for ensuring that all meal/snack activities are performed as outlined in regards to timing and menu items served.

Responsibilities

  • Adhere to values which center on our commitment to People, Clients, and Performance
  • As a member of staff, the employee is expected to embrace and contribute to our culture of process improvement with a focus on streamlining our processes adding value to our business and meeting client needs
  • Travel (approximately 0%) domestic and/or international
  • Verify meal counts, meal content, communicating any issues to the catering team
  • Prepare meal logs for documentation of meal times
  • Prepare study volunteer meal trays
  • Verify volunteer identity prior to meal service and serve study specific meals
  • Observe and document study volunteer meal start and completion time and verify meal consumption
  • Maintain coffee and tea access for the facility with supplies as applicable
  • Launder Dining Room Table cloths
  • General Housekeeping, set-up, and stocking for the Dining Room Area
  • Undertake other reasonably related duties as may be assigned from time to time
  • Minimal Supervision, must be able to work independently

Education and experience requirements

  • High School Diploma is preferred
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
  • Minimum of one year experience in clinical research or related food service or customer service fields is preferred
  • Strong customer service and communication skills
  • High level of professionalism
  • Interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and teamwork skills
  • Coordinate work to achieve maximum productivity and efficiency
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Follows chain of command and directs problems to appropriate person
  • Complies with dress code, maintains a neat and professional appearance
  • Knowledge of emergency procedures including fire and evacuation plan
  • Flexible and available based on staffing requirements; weekends, holidays, and on call
  • Capable of handling multiple priorities in a high volume setting
  • Maintains current CPR Certifications
  • Knowledge of ICH GCP and FDA regulations is a plus but training is available

Sample job description #3

Responsible for communicating the daily menu to all patients and taking menu orders from patients. Actively involved in the preparation and delivery of food to patients and hospital staff. Responsible for printing diet worksheets and maintaining knowledge of special diets.

Essential Job Functions

  • Take patient orders via phone for processing. Provide the patient dietary restriction information, and the cook information for tray preparation
  • Prepare patient beverages, set up the patient tray according to diet specifications, and deliver trays in a timely manner
  • Maintain food and beverages at proper temperatures and rotate all products according to schedule. Record the temperature of the patient refrigerator every shift
  • Serve customers and staff in assisting with cashier duties and food preparation/cooking as needed
  • Maintain high level of sanitation in all practices as stated in federal state and local health manuals
  • Stock the diet aide work area as needed
  • Fill floor stock orders for all departments
  • Work as a team with other nutrition services staff to ensure all patient and staff needs are met and all work is complete
  • Attend all staff meetings and in-services. If a meeting is missed, contact supervisor for review of information and complete quizzes if needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned. Must be HIPAA compliant

Experience

  • One year of food service in a hospital setting preferred

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a dietary aide is $26,500 per year in the United States. Salary may depend on the level of experience, employer’s industry, and geographical location.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$26,300$26,900
Los Angeles, California$30,050$30,700
Denver, Colorado$26,900$27,500
Washington, DC$29,650$30,300
Jacksonville, Florida$25,200$25,800
Miami, Florida$25,900$26,500
Orlando, Florida$25,300$25,900
Tampa, Florida$25,300$25,900
Atlanta, Georgia$26,300$26,900
Chicago, Illinois$28,250$28,850
Boston, Massachusetts$29,950$30,600
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$28,350$28,950
New York City, New York$32,050$32,750
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$28,550$29,150
Dallas, Texas$26,400$27,000
Houston, Texas$27,200$27,850
Seattle, Washington$29,150$29,750
Overall$26,600$27,200

Sample interview questions

  • What interests you about being a dietary aide for our facility?
  • What do you know about our residents/patients?
  • What measures do you take to stay updated on foodservice processes?
  • What are some challenges that you may face as a dietary aide?
  • Do you have experience working with people who have dietary needs?
  • How comfortable are you with preparing menus and meal plans?
  • How do you react if a patient or resident complains about the meal they were served?
  • What makes you want to be a dietary aide?
  • Describe a time you received negative criticism from a resident or patient. 
  • What qualities do you think are most important for this position?
  • Are you interested in healthy eating?

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