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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 450485 7.815 4362
United States 146,500160,600 9.64,900 14,00020,310

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 27.0713.6417.97 24.7832.9341.82
Alaska 25.4016.8119.74 24.7129.5432.96
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 27.7119.6723.15 28.0831.3235.70
Balance of State 23.6916.1418.03 21.9027.7431.39

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
725326 45.050.4 38.1
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation174
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation148
UI claimants previously working in occupation130
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 1,366
Number of job position postings 81
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 16.9

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

Culinary Arts

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)
Basic Shipboard Culinary Training

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

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 CT1