What does a Chef do in 2019?

Becoming a Chef


Chef Salary



Job Growth






High School

Overview: What does a Chef do?

Workers involved in planning menus, estimating consumption, and cooking meals in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutions and establishments. May prepare and bake bread, rolls, muffins, biscuits, cakes, cookies, pies, puddings, and other foods according to recipe. May specialize in a particular area. Many jobs in this field are part time, entry-level positions that require little formal training; however, executive chefs typically require formal training and long term experience.

Advancement Opportunities: 74% of Average This calculation shows your opportunity for increases in earnings over time. It shows the relative strength of different careers as compared to each other
Average Starting Median Income: $41,500
Return on Educational Investment: 67% of Average Shows the relative return on investment of an education beyond high school. The calculation uses potential earning levels over time adjusted for the cost and the time of additional education.
Job Growth: 3/5
Benefits: Yes
All scores range from 1-100. Higher scores are better.
Bragging rights: 43/100 Based on prestige and social approval, fame and public recognition, high income, highly educated, clean versus “dirty” industry, and level of people you deal with.
Interesting Job: 43/100 Based on exciting subject or environment, variety of activities, fun interaction with people, creating versus completing, and learning interesting things.
Personal Freedom: 60/100 Based on controlling your work, not closely managed, choosing your assignments, tolerable rules and regulations, creative freedom, and setting your own hours.
Stress: 60/100 Based on Intense responsibility (life/death), continuous rejection, dealing with people’s problems, lack of control, quota or sales pressure, and work volume/time pressure.

This is a hypothetical illustration of how long it takes to earn millions of dollars in each job. The calculation is complex, but uses earnings at various points in each career from entry level to mature performer. Individual performance will vary.

Years to make $1,000,000 - 26 Years
Years to make $2,000,000 - 41 Years
Years to make $3,000,000 - 45+ Years

Competency Fit: General Services

#1: Equipment operation: office equipment, tools, machines

#2: Human relations: ability to work with others

#3: Manual dexterity: precision use of my hands

#4: Mastery of skills: adept performance within a trade

#5: Tool usage: skill in use of hand-operated tools

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