Here are some numbers regarding the broad culinary arts field.
Cooking Careers and Salaries
Attending cooking school is an excellent way to learn modern cooking and baking techniques, gain professional contacts, and potentially increase your salary.
The National Restaurant Association corroborates these findings with these statistics:
– 945,000 restaurants in United States
– $580 billion in restaurant sales
– 12.7 million restaurant industry employees (among the biggest private-sector employers)
– $1.6 billion in restaurant industry sales on a typical day
– 49% is the restaurant industry share of food dollar
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), on average those with degrees make more money and suffer less unemployment, as these statistics indicate:
– Less than a high school diploma: unemployment = 14.5 percent;
– High school graduate: unemployment = 10 percent;
– Some college, but no degree: unemployment = 8.5 percent;
– Associate’s degree: unemployment = 6.5 percent;
A sample of cooking occupations and their 2009 median salaries, according to the BLS, include:
– Basic Restaurant cook: $24,000
– Baker: $26,000
– Private household cook: $28,000
– Head chef: $45,000
Whatever your cooking aspirations, cooking school and entry-level jobs can help lead you to your goals, whether that’s to become a head chef, a head baker, a caterer, or restaurant manager.
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