Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

General Information

Description

Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

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

Overall employment of cooks is projected to grow 26 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 432,000 openings for 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

$28,650

State-by-state Salary

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$43,020
$19,520
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 71%
  • Post-secondary certificate 14%
  • Bachelor's degree 6%
  • Some college 5%
  • Less than high school 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Food Production
  • Administration and Management
  • Education and Training
  • Mathematics

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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