Cooking Instructors

Overview

Cooking Instructors

Introduction

Cooking instructors teach the art of cooking, including food preparation, various cuisines, and techniques of cooking. They work at culinary schools, colleges and universities, middle and high schools, and stores that offer cooking classes. They teach students who are seeking degrees in the culinary arts as well as those who are simply interested in cooking as a hobby. Cooking instructors are also known as culinary instructors, cooking teachers, and culinary arts professors.

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Median Salary

$50,000

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training
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Experience

Culinary arts institutions typically require teachers to have at
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Skills

Interpersonal
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Personality Traits

Creative
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Earnings

Earnings vary widely according to the number of courses taught, the instructor’s experience, the type of academic institution, and the area of the country where the institution is located.

Postsecondary vocational education teachers, including cooking instructors, earned median annual salaries of $53,120 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The lowest 10 percent of tho...

Work Environment

Working hours depend on how many classes the instructor teaches, the type of classes, and other factors. Instructors employed at middle or high schools often have other duties aside from teaching, such as departmental meetings or sponsoring after-school activities and clubs. Culinary instructors employed at the college level also must counsel students, meet with colleagues, and attend conferenc...

Outlook

An increasing number of Americans are becoming interested in learning how to cook. Some just want to learn as a hobby, but many want to train to become professional cooks and chefs. This suggests that there will be good opportunities for cooking instructors. Overall, employment for all postsecondary teachers is expected to be good during the next decade. Employment for high school teachers, inc...