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Food Preparation Careers & Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment in food preparation and serving occupations is expected to increase 9% through 2026 (about as fast as the average for all occupations), for a gain of about 1.2 million jobs. Population and income growth are expected to result in greater consumer demand for food at a variety of dining places. Employment of Chefs and Head Cooks is projected to grow 10%, faster than the average for all occupations. Most career opportunities for Chefs and Head Cooks will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.

Follow these links to find additional up-to-date information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook web pages:

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