Cooks, Restaurant

General Information

Description

Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

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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 10 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Individual growth rates will vary by specialty. Population and income growth are expected to result in greater consumer demand for food at a variety of dining places. People will continue to eat out, buy takeout meals, or have food delivered. In response to increased consumer demand, more restaurants, cafeterias, and catering services will open and serve more meals. These establishments will require more cooks to prepare meals for customers. In addition, consumers continue to prefer healthier foods and faster service in restaurants, grocery stores, and other dining venues. To prepare high quality meals at these places, many managers and chefs will require experienced cooks, such as restaurant cooks. Employment of fast food cooks is projected to decline as many establishments attempt to streamline operations by hiring other workers, such as fast food and counter workers, who both prepare and serve food to customers. Employment of short order cooks also is projected to decline as other workers take on the duties of these cooks in full-service restaurants. Cooks in private households face competition from the many food delivery service options that are expected to reduce the need for these workers, who are often self-employed.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$27,790

Military salary*

$48,738

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State-by-state Salary

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$34,260
$18,400
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 44%
  • Less than high school 18%
  • Post-secondary certificate 17%
  • Some college 11%
  • Associate's degree 4%
  • Post-doctoral training 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

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

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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