Typically, no specific requirements exist for working in a school cafeteria, though some school systems prefer applicants to have a high school diploma. Prior experience working in the food service industry, while an asset, is not required.
School cafeteria workers should have a desire to work with children and the ability to lift objects and stand on their feet for several hours. A school system usually requires a background check on potential employees.
On-the-job training for this profession requires learning about inventory and food safety. Ensuring the sanitary conditions of the cafeteria is an important responsibility for a food services worker. Some cafeteria workers take up money, so they must know how to make correct change.