Chefs and Head Cooks

7.3/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $25.66 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 3% (Totally Safe)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Social Perceptiveness
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
Assisting and Caring for Others
Manual Dexterity
Finger Dexterity
very important
quite important
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Chefs and Head Cooks' job openings is expected to rise 25.3% by 2030
'Chefs and Head Cooks' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Chefs and Head Cooks' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Chefs and Head Cooks' was $53,380, or $25.66 hourly
'Chefs and Head Cooks' are paid 27.2% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 101,490 people employed as Chefs and Head Cooks.
This represents around 0.07% of the employed workforce across the United States.

Job description

Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

SOC Code: 35-1011.00

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james (No chance) says
because you need people to taste the food and react to different ways of making it e.g you may need to mix something longer depending on the day
Jun 22, 2020 at 08:22 AM
Grace (Likely) says
I love cooking and I do it pretty well, but I believe that if you give a machine the list of ingredients and clear instructions or algorithms about how to prepare a meal it can definitely do it and then learn about it.
Feb 13, 2020 at 12:49 AM

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