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Career in Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts careers are found in all areas of hospitality, catering, restaurant and hotel management and food and beverage administration throughout the US and the world. Culinary arts professionals are found in the following areas:

Culinary Arts Career & Salary Information

A degree in nutrition and culinary arts will provide you with the tools necessary to succeed in a variety of culinary and food service careers including the following:

  • Therapeutic Chef
  • Personal Chef
  • Natural Chef
  • Cooking & Meal Consultant
  • Nutrition & Whole Foods Culinary Instruction
  • Caterers
  • Health Spa Chef’s & Consultants
  • Health & Natural Food Retailers
  • Restaurateurs

The demand for chefs with specific training in nutrition and dietetics has never been higher and it continues to grow each year. As today’s population becomes more health conscious, customers are demanding healthier food that also tastes great, and they are hiring more often the chefs with the experience and skills to provide both great meals and great nutritional value. As many more people are turning to their diet and the food they eat as a means of healing themselves, chefs with nutritional and dietetic training are able to provide these clients with the nourishment to heal them, providing a very valuable service indeed.

CareerAnnual Median WageProjected Employment ChangeProjected 2012-2022 Growth
Chefs and Head Cooks42,4904495
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

What Are The Next Steps Toward A Rewarding Career In Culinary Arts?

  1. Find a degree in culinary arts located at a campus near you or online from our list of accredited online culinary arts schools.
  2. Research culinary arts degree and certification programs for an understanding of all necessary prerequisites and admissions requirements.
  3. Begin your career in culinary arts as a chef, catering director, pastry chef, food & beverage director or any number of careers across the country and around the world.

Culinary Degree Schools

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5 Program(s) Found
  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef, Project Runway.
  • A team of about 4,000 faculty members are focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Academic programs available in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Program Coordinators work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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  • Students spend significant time in the kitchen practicing precision techniques.
  • Programs provide hands-on training from instructors who are certified, master chefs.
  • The first Le Cordon Bleu school officially opened its doors as a culinary school in Paris in 1895.
  • Offer flexible schedules and online programs.
  • 30 schools worldwide, spanning 5 continents, including 17 campuses in the U.S.
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L'Ecole Culinaire , Saint Louis
  • Offers educational opportunities for the aspiring, career-minded chef.
  • Students are trained by professional chefs and spend the majority of their final term working in the campus restaurant to learn all phases of the culinary industry.
  • St. Louis campus offers new Food Truck Entrepreneurship courses.
  • Has a student-run food truck that tours around St. Louis.
  • Memphis campus has a public restaurant where food is prepared and served by students.
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  • Teaches hands-on culinary training in French, Asian, Mediterranean, Latin and American cooking, along with professional baking and pastry techniques.
  • Helps students gain professional skills in culinary management.
  • Offers an Italian Culinary Arts program where students get to externship in Italy.
  • Instructors are respected chefs who put their dedication and life experiences into their instruction.
  • Students have the option to study cuisines from around the world, culinary management, or international baking.
     
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  • On-the-job training available through externships, internships, and clinical placements.
  • Graduates in good standing can take refresher sessions in courses at no additional cost.
  • Has a 45-year history of providing career-focused education in the fields of allied health, business, and computer technology.
  • Offers career-focused programs in seven locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.
  • Many campus locations have evening hours.
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  • Has campuses in Melbourne, Sarasota, and Tallahassee Florida.
  • Curriculum includes laboratory sessions, academic preparation and hands-on experience.
  • Program objectives are to provide students with skills needed for cooking wholesome, attractive, food preparations and to assist graduates in obtaining positions in the food service industry.
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  • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,000.
  • Ranked #14 in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • At the end of their freshman year, 84% of students return to continue their education.
  • Students attend only one class at a time for four weeks, ensuring easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
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Salter College , West Boylston
  • A private two-year college of advanced standing for men and women founded in 1938.
  • Offers training programs in preparation for professional careers in business, health care, and computers.
  • Provides associate and certificate programs in medical assisting, massage therapy, culinary arts, and more.
  • Places students in externships to gain real world experience before completing their respective program.
  • 2 campuses in Chicopee and West Boylston, Massachusetts.
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  • Accredited
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Virginia College , Birmingham
  • Instructors are typically real-world professionals with many years of experience in their career fields.
  • Ranked #3 in Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2014 by Military Times.
  • Full tuition cost provided up front. In most cases, even textbooks are included in the total price.
  • Career services associates can help students review their resume, provide career counseling, help with job searches, and more.
  • Has 27 campus locations across the southern United States, plus offers online degree programs.
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  • Students can earn their associate’s degree in the culinary arts field in less than 15 months or bachelor’s degree in the food service management field in 2.5 years through their year-round schedule.
  • Campus locations in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia.
  • Offers externship experiences to students for experience in the field.
  • Hosts regular career fairs for employer recruitment.
  • Student housing is available.
  • Part of ECPI University in Virginia, which is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).
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  • Has an efficient, well-rounded, curriculum aimed at preparing students for their careers.
  • Provides an education experience focused on providing as much time in the kitchen as possible.
  • Features a public restaurant, where lunch and dinner are prepared and served by students.
  • Offers career services, as well as professional guidance for off-site externships.
  • Campus located within walking distance of Downtown Portland.
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  • Culinary Arts program includes the 3-week Farm To Table® Experience, where students gain a direct, in-depth look at where food comes from.
  • Accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), and the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • Numerous scholarship opportunities and financial aid are available to students who qualify.
  • 2 campuses located in Boulder, Colorado and Austin, Texas.
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  • Each campus features a public restaurant where culinary students work under the direction of professional chefs for real-world experience.
  • Hosts Platt College’s Food Fight, a friendly dessert competition for students held once a month.
  • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation (AFC) and Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • Offers programs in culinary arts, nursing, and healthcare.
  • 5 campuses in Lawton, North and Central Oklahoma City, Moore, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Star Career Academy , Philadelphia
  • Their Fast Track Diploma/Certificate Programs can enable students to be job-ready in as little as eight months.
  • A Career Services Office helps match graduates with potential employers.
  • Founded in 1979 as the Star Technical Institute school group, offering career training in drafting and design. 
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges and approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Departments of Education, and licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Online Courses