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Culinary Arts


The restaurant industry is one of the most dynamic in North America today. The service sector is the most rapidly growing part of the North American economy. Career options for Culinary Arts graduates range from employee to owner and from manager to team leader. Culinary professionals need to have skills in financial management to control profits and losses, marketing finesse to successfully reach customers, management abilities to lead a team in a fast-paced work environment, and the scientific know-how to prepare and serve food safely. Culinary professionals work in quick service venues, family-owned operations, fine cuisine restaurants, as well as multi-million dollar companies providing food service at industrial, school, hospital, resort, or hospitality locations.

Employment Opportunities:
Culinary Arts career opportunities range from good to excellent with occupational titles that include Cook, Chief Cook, Kitchen Cook, Kitchen Chef, Kitchen Supervisor, Restaurant Cook, Station Chef, Sous Chef, and Restaurant Manager.

Careers

Chefs, Head Cooks, and Food Preparation and Serving Supervisors
Wage: $38,770
10 Year Growth Rate: 11.5%
Self Employed: 1.2%
Unemployment Rate: 8.7%
Employed Part Time: 29.9%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Food Processing Occupations
Wage: $23,290
10 Year Growth Rate: 10.0%
Self Employed: 4.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Employed Part Time: 22.1%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Cooks and Food Preparation Workers
Wage: $18,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 8.8%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 8.7%
Employed Part Time: 29.9%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training