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5,314 Associates's Degrees Annually
305 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#6 in Popularity (Associate's)
$36,190 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Chef Training Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many culinary arts/chef training graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 5,376
Undergraduate Certificate 3,558
Basic Certificate 2,966
Bachelor’s Degree 305

What Chef Training Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to culinary arts/chef training and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being 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:

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  • 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

A major in culinary arts/chef training prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • 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

Culinary Arts/Chef Training majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • 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?

People with a culinary arts/chef training degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Chefs and Head Cooks 9.6% $48,460
Cooks 9.0% $28,650
Cooks, Private Household 5.2% $37,590
Cooks, Restaurant 11.8% $26,530
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 9.3% $32,450

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Chef Training?

5,376 Associate's Degrees Annually
52% Percent Women
44% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Roughly 52% of the graduates are women, and 48% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of culinary arts/chef training majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Culinary Arts/Chef Training Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 199
Black or African American 1,078
Hispanic or Latino 847
White 2,493
International Students 255
Other Races/Ethnicities 504

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Culinary Arts/Chef Training, too. About 4.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Chef Training Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Culinary Arts/Chef Training majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $30,360 to $41,240 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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.

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Some careers associated with culinary arts/chef training require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to culinary arts/chef training have obtained the following education levels.

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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%
Bachelor’s Degree 2.9%
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%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.9%

Online Chef Training Programs

In 2018-2019, 420 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) 158 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 249 4
Certificate (2-4 Years) 26 0
Associate’s Degree 282 3
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 158 2
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 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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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to culinary arts/chef training.

Major Number of Grads
Baking & Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 4,964
General Cooking & Related Culinary Arts 4,765
Restaurant, Culinary, & Catering Management/Manager 1,802
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 1,210
Other Culinary Arts & Related Services 734
Bartending/Bartender 289
Culinary Science/Culinology 225
Institutional Food Workers 193
Wine Steward/Sommelier 112
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, & Dining Room Management/Manager 98
Meat Cutting/Meat Cutter 46

References

*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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