Industry Spotlight: Culinary

Industry Summary

Do you deeply enjoy cooking and want to work as a high-end chef? Do you pretend your kitchen is a studio and that you are the latest Food Network star? If so, a Culinary career could be the right fit for you! Within the Culinary industry, there are many different jobs and work settings. You could work at a resort, restaurant, hotel, casino, or essentially anywhere that people dine out. Cooks and chefs also work in a food service role in other sectors, such as jobs at hospitals, schools, corporate facilities, and municipal cafeterias.

The following information is intended to help you navigate through your journey toward a culinary career. Learn how to find the right path for you, and the education you’ll need to follow that path.

Entry-Level Occupations

Entry level occupations require training beyond a high school diploma but less than a college degree. Training for these roles typically requires a non-degree certificate or credential, associate’s degree, or apprenticeship program. If you are interested in pursuing a career in energy solutions, consider the following roles.

Restaurant Cook:

  • Median Salary: $23,480
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 4,100

Bakers:

  • Median Salary: $24,150
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 460

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Next Steps

It is important to think about your long term plans as you embark on your energy solutions career. The recommended RYEC approved programs are just the first step in your journey. You can further propel your career by obtaining additional credentials and a bachelor’s degree. Below are some roles that you could consider as long term goals.

Next Occupations: (Typically require an bachelor’s degree or higher)

  • Executive Chef
  • Food Service Managers
  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planneres

Top Regional Employers: 

  • Compass Group
  • Marriot International
  • Panda Restaurant
  • Panera Bread
  • Noodles & Company

Career Ladder

Here is a sample career ladder you can use to help plan your future.

Current High School Students

Are you looking for opportunities to learn about these jobs while in high school? Reach out to a counselor in your school. Also, check out these resources available: 

If you live or attend school in North St. Louis County- click here

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If you live in St. Charles County- click here

If you live in Jefferson County- click here

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