Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.
- Basket Lunch Preparer
- Boarding House Cook
- Cafeteria Cook
- Cafeteria Manager
- Cafeteria Worker
- Camp Cook
- Cook Supervisor
- Apportion and serve food to facility residents, employees, or patrons.
- Clean and inspect galley equipment, kitchen appliances, and work areas to ensure cleanliness and functional operation.
- Clean, cut, and cook meat, fish, or poultry.
- Cook foodstuffs according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions, or numbers of portions to be served.
- Direct activities of one or more workers who assist in preparing and serving meals.
- Wash pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and other cooking equipment.
- Compile and maintain records of food use and expenditures.
- Take inventory of supplies and equipment.
- Bake breads, rolls, and other pastries.
- Train new employees.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.
- 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.
- Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
- Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
In 2012, the average annual wage in California was $29,770 with most people making between $19,910 and $43,400
During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 24,100 people in California. It is projected that there will be 29,100 employed in 2020.
This occupation will have about 500 openings due to growth and about 510 replacement openings for approximately 1,010 total annual openings.
collegeDiablo Valley College
majorCulinary Arts/Chef Training
onetChefs and Head Cooks
majorFood Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant
collegeLong Beach City College
majorCooking and Related Culinary Arts, General
collegeAmerican River College
collegeCalifornia State University-Stanislaus
onetFirst-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
majorBaking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
onetCooks, Fast Food