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Culinary Arts is a growth industry–alive with action, excitement and people.

Career opportunities are bright because food service is one of the fastest growing industries. In the next decade, the travel and food industry will be a leader in creating new jobs, generating revenue and offering great professional opportunities.


The majority of culinary arts professionals are in constant contact with customers because the food industry serves the needs of the public. These skills and qualities will help you be successful in the food service industry:

  • Customer service skills
  • Social skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Reliability
  • Dedication
  • Willingness to work hard

Employment Trends

The restaurant industry is expected to add 1.3 million jobs over the next decade, with employment reaching 14 million by 2020. 

Employment growth will be spurred by increases in population, household income and leisure time that will allow people to dine out and take vacations more often.

Growing Industry Means Expanding Opportunities

Culinary arts graduates have successfully gone on to complete 4-year degrees or to work for established food service businesses.

Culinary Arts offers many job possibilities that correspond to different interests. You could own a restaurant, be a food buyer, manage a restaurant or be a chef. Example career paths include:

  • Restaurant Executive Chef   
  • Restaurant Pastry Chef
  • Chef/Instructor in culinary arts, high school
  • Restaurant Owner
  • Bed and Breakfast Owner
  • Chef at Country Inn
  • Chef/Manager for Private Estate
  • University Dining Services Chef
  • Hospital Dining Services Chef
  • Retirement Community Chef
  • Hotel Chef
  • Catering Chef
  • Casino Chef
  • Professional Food Writer/Journalist
  • Food Stylist
  • Chef for a Private Club
  • Corporate Research and Development Chef
  • Country Club Chef



Updated June 23, 2015


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