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* ELMI Occupation Profile - Chefs and Head Cooks *
 
Chefs and Head Cooks
(O*NET 35-1011.00, SOC 35-1011)
What they do
Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.
 
Also called:
Banquet Chef, Certified Executive Chef (CEC), Chef, Chef, Instructor, Cook, Corporate Executive Chef, Executive Chef (Ex Chef), Executive Sous Chef, Head Cook, Line Cook
 
 
Wages
Vermont - 2018
Percentile1HourlyYearly
10% $ 15.07   $31,350  
25% $ 16.93   $35,210  
Median $ 20.56   $42,770  
75% $ 26.21   $54,520  
90% $ 30.91   $64,300  
 
Average $ 21.92   $45,590  
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Industries of Employment
United States - 2016
IndustryPercent of total
  • Food services and drinking places
64%
  • Accommodation
10%
  • Self-employed workers, all industries
7%
  • Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries
6%
  • Food and beverage stores
2%
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Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Food Production
    Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Production and Processing
    Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 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.
  • Education and Training
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Monitoring
    Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination
    Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Speaking
    Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Management of Personnel Resources
    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Social Perceptiveness
    Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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Interests
People in this career often prefer these work environments:
  • Enterprising
    Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Realistic
    Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Artistic
    Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
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Work Styles
People in this career will do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Stress Tolerance
    Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.
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Projected Employment
 Vermont
2016 employment 463
2026 employment 481
Annual percent change
(compounded)
0.4%
Annual projected job openings
(due to change and separations)
60
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Education and Experience:
  • Typical education needed for entry
    High school diploma or equivalent
  • Work experience in a related occupation
    5 years or more work experience
  • Typical on-the-job training needed to attain competency
    No on-the-job training
Based on BLS Education and Training Classifications
 
Job Zone
Medium Preparation Needed
  • Specific Vocational Preparation Range
    (6.0 to < 7.0) - A typical worker will require over 1 year up to and including 2 years of training to achieve average performance in this occupation.
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Education Level
How much education do most people in this career have?
Education level Percent of
U.S. Workers
Doctoral or professional degree
or post-MA certificate
  4%
Master's degree or
post-BA certificate
  0%
Bachelor's degree   11%
Associate's degree   44%
Certificate or some college,
no degree
  30%
High school diploma
or equivalent
  11%
Less than high school diploma   0%
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Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
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Work Activities
In general, what you might do:
  • Training and Teaching Others
    Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Thinking Creatively
    Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
    Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Coaching and Developing Others
    Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
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Detailed Work Activities
What you might do in a day:
  • Check quality of foods or supplies.
  • Estimate supplies, ingredients, or staff requirements for food preparation activities.
  • Train food preparation or food service personnel.
  • Coordinate activities of food service staff.
  • Inspect facilities, equipment or supplies to ensure conformance to standards.
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Tasks
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor sanitation practices to ensure that employees follow standards and regulations.
  • Check the quality of raw or cooked food products to ensure that standards are met.
  • Estimate amounts and costs of required supplies, such as food and ingredients.
  • Instruct cooks or other workers in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, or presentation of food.
  • Supervise or coordinate activities of cooks or workers engaged in food preparation.
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