Careers in Food

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Food Service Managers

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

Pastry Chefs

1 reviews
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

Chef Van Hurd from Citizen Chicken & Donuts
2 reviews
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
Education: 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


1 reviews
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
Education: No degree required

Sous Chefs

1 reviews
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
Education: Post-secondary certificate

Food Preparation Supervisors

directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in preparing and serving food.
Salary: $36190
Education: 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


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

Institution and Cafeteria Cooks

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


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

Waiters and Waitresses

Ruaan Nel from Holiday Inn
5 reviews
take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.
Salary: $25830
Education: 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
Education: 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
Education: 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
Education: No degree required

Restaurant Hosts and Hostesses

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

Deli Workers

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


Mike James from Starbucks
Nick H from Starbucks
Natasha Tatton from BReD
8 reviews
prepare or serve specialty coffee or other beverages. Serve food such as baked goods or sandwiches to patrons.
Salary: $23240
Education: No degree required

Fast Food Cooks

3 reviews
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
Education: No degree required

Careers in Food Science

Food Scientists and Technologists

Kirsten Kehlet from The Better Meat Co
1 reviews
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
Education: 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
Education: No degree required

Careers in Nutrition

Naturopathic Physicians

Michael Smith N.D. BHSC (Naturopathy) from Planet Naturopath
1 reviews
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
Education: Doctoral degree
High job satisfaction

Dietitians and Nutritionists

Filipa Bellette, PhD from Chris & Filly Functional Medicine
1 reviews
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
Education: 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
Education: No degree required
Strong job growth

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