Are you curious about a career as a cook in the United States of America? Read the outline below and then watch the videos included here to get better understanding of this career. Finally, don’t forget to use the comments section below to let us know what you learned today and if you would like us to include any other careers you’re interested in.

Now you can learn what Cooks do, the work environment, how to become one, salary, and job outlook.

While you watch the first video on cooks, pay close attention to specialization areas, duties, and important qualities, as many job interview questions are based on this information.

If you’re interested in a career as a cook in the USA, pay close attention to the education and training section, as well as licenses, certifications, and registrations, so that you know what to expect in getting prepared.

Finally, you need to review the job outlook section for cooks and know what to expect in the following years in terms of home many people are currently working in this field, as well as how many more are expected to be hired. The smaller total number of those employed in the field and the percentage of growth, the greater the job competition and higher difficulty for one to find a career as a cook. However, the higher the total number of those employed in the field, and the above average percentage of job growth, the greater the likelihood of entry into this career.

You are strongly encouraged to watch both videos about cooks below, take good notes, and then visit the comments section below and share your thoughts and your knowledge on cooks in the United States of America.

What Cooks Do

Cooks prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods.

Work Environment

Cooks work in restaurants, schools, hospitals, private households, and other places where food is prepared and served. They often work early mornings, late evenings, holidays, and weekends.

How to Become a Cook

Most cooks learn their skills through on-the-job training and related work experience. Although no formal education is required, some restaurant cooks attend culinary school.


The median hourly wage for cooks was $13.10 in May 2020.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of cooks is projected to grow 10 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Individual growth rates will vary by specialty.

3 thoughts on “Cooks”

  1. Hello , Hind from Iraq , cook do prepare Theshness season wide range of food , which may indeed soup salads , entrees ,
    We must insure weight, measure , and mix ingredients accordant to recipes .
    Cook equipment are utensil ,dishes cook , etc. We have many type of cookers (direction of chief ,multiple cooks , assistant cook that’s mean team of restaurant job tittle often reflect the principal ingredient cooks prepare.
    However in all establishment they flow sanitation procedures when hading service they store food an ingredient at the comect temperature to prevent bacteria Growth .
    Cooks type are(restaurant cooks, fast food cooks , institution cafeteria cooks work , private household cooks , personal chief ) plane and prepare some meals in private home according to the clients taster and dietary needs who works full time for one Client . Cooks work environment in( restaurants , hospitals , schools ,hotels )and other establishment where food is peeper and served .
    Most cooks work indoor and outdoor , to refuse risks cooks wear long sleet shirt , gloves , aprons , and nonslip shoes , works cooks must work full time .Most cooks learn their skill through their job and work related experience , some private household cooks attended culinary school . Others attended vocational cooking school , professional culinary institutes .Cooks need to understand orders and follow recipe to proper dishes correctly . Dexterity excellent hand eye coordination with physical a stamina . Training most cooks learn their skills. Trainees generally first learn kitchen basics and workplace safety and then handle how to cook their food.
    Somme cooks learn though ( apprenticeship program, vocational, culinary school, American culinary federation certified ).
    Pay is usually highest in hotels many of which are located in major metropolitan and resort areas .
    More schedule cookers are full time or season time.
    To prepare high quality meals at these place many managers and chief will require experienced cooks , such as restaurant cooks

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