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1,045 Associates's Degrees Annually
#43 in Popularity (Associate's)
$30,360 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Cooking & Culinary Arts Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many general cooking and related culinary arts graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 1,600
Basic Certificate 1,246
Associate Degree 916
Bachelor’s Degree 1

What General Cooking & Culinary Arts Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to general cooking and related culinary arts were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in general cooking and related culinary arts 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.

When studying general cooking and related culinary arts, 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:

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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.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

As you progress with your general cooking and related culinary arts degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

What Can You Do With a General Cooking & Culinary Arts Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with general cooking and related culinary arts:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Chefs and Head Cooks 9.6% $48,460
Cooks 9.0% $28,650
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 7.7% $26,860
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 General Cooking & Culinary Arts?

916 Associate's Degrees Annually
57% Percent Women
62% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 57% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of general cooking and related culinary arts majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 122
Black or African American 131
Hispanic or Latino 228
White 310
International Students 24
Other Races/Ethnicities 101

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in General Cooking & Related Culinary Arts. About 2.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do General Cooking & Culinary Arts Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

General Cooking and Related Culinary Arts majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $28,290 to $36,190 (25th to 75th percentile). 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.

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Some careers associated with general cooking and related culinary arts 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 general cooking and related culinary arts have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 14.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 46.2%
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) 16.0%
Some College Courses 7.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 11.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 4.6%
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. 0.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.8%

Online General Cooking & Culinary Arts Programs

In 2019-2020, 145 schools offered a general cooking and related culinary arts 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) 96 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 82 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
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 General Cooking & Culinary Arts Worth It?

The median salary for a general cooking and related culinary arts grad is $30,360 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 general cooking and related culinary arts.

Major Number of Grads
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 10,007
Baking & Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 4,190
Restaurant, Culinary, & Catering Management/Manager 1,673
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 932
Other Culinary Arts & Related Services 510
Bartending/Bartender 247
Institutional Food Workers 174
Culinary Science/Culinology 158
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, & Dining Room Management/Manager 122
Wine Steward/Sommelier 99
Meat Cutting/Meat Cutter 31

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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