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Employment: Chefs, Cooks, and Food Preparation Workers




Chefs, cooks and food preparation workers held nearly 3.0 million jobs in 2002. The distribution of jobs among the various types of chefs, cooks, and food preparation workers was as follows:

Food preparation workers 850,000
Cooks, restaurant 727,000
Cooks, fast food 588,000
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 436,000
Cooks, short order 227,000
Chefs and head cooks 132,000
Cooks, private household 8,000

More than three-fifths of all chefs, cooks, and food preparation workers were employed in restaurants and other food services and drinking places. Nearly one-fifth worked in institutions such as schools, universities, hospitals, and nursing care facilities. Grocery stores, hotels, gasoline stations with convenience stores, and other organizations employed the remainder.