Culinary Arts Careers

Pursuing a culinary arts degree opens up a world of possibilities within the restaurant and food service industry. Most will receive significant on-the-job training in addition to their culinary arts degree, as real-world experience and referrals are a major factor in being successful in the culinary arts. An exceptional sense of taste and smell is also something acquired with plenty of real-world experience.

Employment Opportunities

Culinary Arts professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Restaurants
  • Catering companies
  • Hotels
  • Private homes
  • Grocery & specialty food stores


Culinary arts professionals need to have a wide range of capabilities and knowledge, including:

  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Safety
  • Food science
  • Advanced cooking techniques

Industry Spotlight

The culinary arts will continue to have some of the largest numbers of employment within the workforce, with approximately 350,000 new jobs being created over the next 8 years. Many of these will be part-time and entry-level positions. Precise growth varies greatly per specific job category. For example, slower growth will take place in upscale restaurants, since many companies are curbing expense accounts.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008