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Institutional Food Workers

70 Associates's Degrees Annually
0 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#145 in Popularity (Associate's)
$28,290 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Institutional Food Workers Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many institutional food workers graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 107
Associate’s Degree 70
Undergraduate Certificate 16

What Institutional Food Workers Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to institutional food workers 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 Institutional Food Workers Majors

Institutional Food Workers majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • 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.

Skills for Institutional Food Workers Majors

institutional food workers majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Abilities for Institutional Food Workers Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a institutional food workers student include the following:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Institutional Food Workers Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with institutional food workers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 7.7% $26,860

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Institutional Food Workers?

70 Associate's Degrees Annually
53% Percent Women
54% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Roughly 53% of the graduates are women, and 47% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of institutional food workers majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Institutional Food Workers Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 24
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 29
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 11

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Institutional Food Workers. About 1.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Institutional Food Workers Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to institutional food workers is $28,290. This median refers to 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 degrees associated with institutional food workers 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to institutional food workers have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 2.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 73.0%
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) 14.6%
Some College Courses 6.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 7.0%

Online Institutional Food Workers Programs

In 2018-2019, 35 schools offered a institutional food workers 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) 16 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 16 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 8 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 16 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 Institutional Food Workers Worth It?

The median salary for a institutional food workers grad is $28,290 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 institutional food workers.

Major Number of Grads
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 12,205
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
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.

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