Chefs and Head Cooks

General Information

Description

Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit83.27%
  2. Self-employed8.82%
  3. Private, not for profit4.28%
  4. State and local government2.49%
  5. Federal government0.60%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of chefs and head cooks is projected to grow 25 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 18,800 openings for chefs and head cooks are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$53,380

State-by-state Salary

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$78,720
$30,580
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 51%
  • Post-secondary certificate 17%
  • Bachelor's degree 10%
  • High school 6%
  • Less than high school 6%
  • Some college 3%
  • Post baccalaureate 3%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Food Production
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Production and Processing
  • Personnel and Human Resources

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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