The restaurant industry is one of the most dynamic in the U.S. today. The service sector is the most rapidly growing part of the American economy, and the $460 billion hospitality segment already represents one-seventh of the nation’s GNP and 15 million jobs. It is estimated that, by 2010, food service operations will need more than 100,000 new managers annually to keep pace with growth. Career options for Culinary Arts graduates range from employee to owner and from manager to team leader. Culinary professionals need to have skills in financial management to control profits and losses, marketing finesse to successfully reach customers, management abilities to lead a team in a fast-paced work environment, and the scientific know-how to prepare and serve food safely. Culinary professionals work in quick service venues, family-owned operations, fine cuisine restaurants, as well as multi-million dollar companies providing food service at industrial, school, hospital, resort, or hospitality locations.

Employment Opportunities: Culinary Arts career opportunities range from good to excellent with occupational titles that include Cook, Chief Cook, Kitchen Cook, Kitchen Chef, Kitchen Supervisor, Restaurant Cook, Station Chef, Sous Chef, Chef DeFroid, Garde Manger, and Restaurant Manager.

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