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.


Chefs, Head Cooks, and Food Preparation and Serving Supervisors
Wage: $50,160
10 Year Growth Rate: 25.0%
Education Requirements:
High school diploma or equivalent
Food Processing Occupations
Wage: $35,430
10 Year Growth Rate: 5.0%
Education Requirements:

Cooks and Food Preparation Workers
Wage: $29,120
10 Year Growth Rate: 26.0%
Education Requirements: