Types of Degrees Chef Training Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many culinary arts/chef training graduations there were in 2020-2021 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Chef Training Majors Need to Know
In an O*NET survey, culinary arts/chef training majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.
Knowledge Areas for Culinary Arts/Chef Training Majors
According to O*NET survey takers, a major in culinary arts/chef training should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:
- Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Skills for Culinary Arts/Chef Training Majors
When studying culinary arts/chef training, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Abilities for Culinary Arts/Chef Training Majors
As you progress with your culinary arts/chef training degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:
- Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
What Can You Do With a Chef Training Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with culinary arts/chef training:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Chefs and Head Cooks||9.6%||$48,460|
|Cooks, Private Household||5.2%||$37,590|
|First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers||9.3%||$32,450|
Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Chef Training?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of culinary arts/chef training majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||770|
|Hispanic or Latino||668|
Students from other countries are interested in Culinary Arts/Chef Training, too. About 4.4% of those with this major are international students.
How Much Do Chef Training Majors Make?
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $30,360 to $41,240 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to culinary arts/chef training. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Chef Training
Some degrees associated with culinary arts/chef training may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
Find out what the typical degree level is for culinary arts/chef training careers below.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||16.5%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||34.2%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||20.3%|
|Some College Courses||9.4%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||17.2%|
|First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession.||0.9%|
Online Chef Training Programs
In 2020-2021, 410 schools offered a culinary arts/chef training program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||0||0|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||254||3|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||25||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Chef Training Worth It?
The median salary for a culinary arts/chef training grad is $36,190 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
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*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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