Chefs and Head Cooks (35-1011)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 456497 9.04 711
United States 127,500138,800 8.91,130 1,9103,040

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.

2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 22.0711.1314.83 19.9527.4635.66
Alaska 20.1811.6214.56 17.8025.2730.68
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 18.2310.7212.90 16.3420.1429.03
Fairbanks North Star Borough 25.1515.9818.03 24.5029.7837.39
Balance of State 21.7814.9016.41 18.8026.0633.55

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
704310 44.051.7 40.8
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation160
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation124
UI claimants previously working in occupation132
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 1,259
Number of job position postings 119
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 10.6

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: More than 5 years On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

Alaska CHARR   (Anchorage)

Alaska Hospitality Retailers   (Anchorage)
Certified Food Protection Manager Certificate

Alaska Job Corps   (Palmer)
Culinary Arts

Alaska Technical Center   (Kotzebue)
Culinary Arts

AVTEC   (Seward)
Professional Cooking & Baking Certificate

Calypso Farm & Ecology Center   (Ester)
Baking in a Wood-fired Oven

Galena Interior Learning Academy   (Galena)
Culinary Arts

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Certified Food Protection Manager Certification
Cottage Foods

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Culinary Arts AAS

University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Baking and Pastry Arts CT2
Culinary Arts and Hospitality AAS
Culinary Arts and Hospitality CT2