Careers in Food

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Food Service Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.
Salary: $58960
Degree: No degree required

Pastry Chefs

Pastry Chefs specialize in the creation and decoration of desserts, including pastries, cakes, and pies. They often work in bakeries or restaurants and are responsible for the dessert items on the menu.
Salary: $54300

Chefs and Head Cooks

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.
Salary: $52160
Degree: Associate's degree

Food Stylists

The main responsibility of a Food Stylist is to present dishes in a way that makes them appear more appetizing. The work of a Food Stylist is typically used for advertising in commercials or magazines.
Salary: $51400


A Sommelier is a wine steward, responsible for helping restaurants and patrons select the right wine and food pairings. This job involves detailed knowledge of wine, beers, ales, and ciders.
Salary: $50400

Food Critic

Food Critics write original reviews of food establishments, including everything from family restaurants and food trucks to diners and bars. Critics offer unbiased opinions of the quality of the meals, staff, and atmosphere.
Salary: $50000
Degree: No degree required

Sous Chefs

The sous chef is always prepared to take over for the chef. In addition to preparing and cooking food, he or she needs to be familiar with the cooking style. The sous chef also oversees the kitchen staff, making their schedules and training them in cooking skills.
Salary: $45000

Private Household Cooks

prepare meals in private homes. Includes personal chefs.
Salary: $41240
Degree: Post-secondary certificate

Food Preparation Supervisors

directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in preparing and serving food.
Salary: $36190
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth

Cake Decorators

A Cake Decorator makes fancy cakes and baked goods for customers. Their main job duties include baking cakes and decorating them using specialized cake decorating tools and equipment.
Salary: $30300


mix and bake ingredients to produce breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, or other baked goods.
Salary: $28660
Degree: No degree required

Institution and Cafeteria Cooks

prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.
Salary: $28290
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth

Restaurant Cooks

prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.
Salary: $27580
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.
Salary: $26780
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth

Waiters and Waitresses

take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.
Salary: $25830
Degree: No degree required

Short Order Cooks

prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.
Salary: $25140
Degree: No degree required

Food Preparation Workers

perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.
Salary: $24830
Degree: No degree required

Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants

facilitate food service. Clean tables, remove dirty dishes, replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, glassware, and dishes; supply service bar with food; and serve items such as water, condiments, and coffee to patrons.
Salary: $23950
Degree: No degree required

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses

welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.
Salary: $23260
Degree: No degree required

Deli Workers

serve food to diners at counter or from a steam table.
Salary: $23240
Degree: No degree required


prepare or serve specialty coffee or other beverages. Serve food such as baked goods or sandwiches to patrons.
Salary: $23240
Degree: No degree required

Fast Food Cooks

prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.
Salary: $22650
Degree: No degree required

Careers in Food Science

Food Scientists and Technologists

use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.
Salary: $72570
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Food Science Technicians

perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.
Salary: $44170
Degree: No degree required

Careers in Nutrition

Naturopathic Physicians

diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases using a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals. May use physiological, psychological or mechanical methods. May also use natural medicines, prescription or legend drugs, foods, herbs, or other natural remedies.
Salary: $85600
Degree: Doctoral degree
High job satisfaction

Dietitians and Nutritionists

plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.
Salary: $61210
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Dietetic Technicians

assist in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals.
Salary: $30130
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth

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