Jobs in the Culinary Services field cover all aspects of food service, from its preparation and serving to specialty equipment operations and catering management.

    Chefs and Head Cooks typically supervise Food Preparation Workers, and may come up with their own recipes. They manage the kitchens they work in, and might even take responsibility for its administrative needs, like ordering more supplies. They can work in restaurants, but some may work for an individual in his or her home. They often have to have many years of experience working in kitchens before they can become a Chef or Head Cook.
    Food Preparation Workers often work under the direction of Chefs and Head Cooks, and are responsible for getting ingredients ready for the cooks to use. They may also be responsible for making sure the kitchen is clean, and that food is stored safely. Some Food Preparation Workers work in fast food restaurants, where they may work at the cash register to take orders from customers.

    Waiters and Waitresses and Bartenders take food and drink orders directly from customers and deliver what was ordered. They may also answer customer questions about items offered, and work to keep the tables or seats they are responsible for clean and ready for more customers. Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers may perform the same kind of duties in a different setting--like a cafeteria. This category in particular is very broad and includes Fast Food Workers, Hosts and Hostesses, Counter Attendants (who work at places like movie theaters and coffee shops), and Food Servers (who deliver food outside of a restaurant setting, in hotels or hospitals, for example.

 Job Title
 Average Annual Income  Projected Job Growth, 2012-22*  Projected Job Openings, 2012-22
Chefs and Head Cooks $46,620
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food $18,880
Waiters and Waitresses $20,880 1,268,300
Food Service Managers $53,130

 Bakers$25,120   50,100

*Projected Job Growth, 2012-2022 Key

Faster than average
(more than 15%)
(8% to 14%)
Slower than average
(less than 7%)

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