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Career and Education Opportunities for Institutional Cooks in Michigan

Michigan has a population of 9,969,727, which has grown by 0.31% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Great Lakes State," its capital is Lansing, though its biggest city is Detroit.

There are currently 10,560 jobs for institutional cooks in Michigan and this is projected to grow 4% to 10,950 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for institutional cooks, which sees this job pool growing by about 9.7% over the next eight years. In general, institutional cooks prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

Institutional cooks earn about $11 hourly or $24,910 yearly on average in Michigan and about $10 hourly or $22,210 annually on average nationally. Earnings for institutional cooks are better than earnings in the general category of Cooking in Michigan and not quite as good as general Cooking category earnings nationally. People working as institutional cooks can fill a number of jobs, such as: basket lunch preparer, food service specialist, and cafeteria worker.

In 2008, there were a total of 5,397,807 jobs in Michigan. The average annual income was $34,953 in 2008, up from $34,185 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Michigan was 13.6% in 2009, which has grown by 5.3% since the previous year. Approximately 21.8% of Michigan residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Michigan include transportation equipment manufacturing, motor vehicle manufacturing, and motor vehicle parts manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Detroit Historical Museums, and the Dearborn Historical Museum.

CITIES WITH Institutional Cook OPPORTUNITIES IN Michigan


JOB DESCRIPTION: Institutional Cook

Institutional Cook video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, institutional cooks prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

Every day, institutional cooks are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they evaluate problems as they arise.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Michigan include:

  • Chef. Direct the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts. May participate in cooking.
  • Counter Clerk. Serve food to diners at counter or from a steam table.
  • Dining Room Attendant. Facilitate food service. Clean tables, carry dirty dishes, replace soiled table linens; set tables; replenish supply of clean linens, silverware, and dishes; supply service bar with food, and serve water, butter, and coffee to patrons.
  • Fast Food Cook. Prepare and cook food in fast food restaurants with limited menus. Duties of the cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.
  • Food Service Aide. Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.
  • Food and Beverage Supervisor. Supervise workers engaged in preparing and serving food.
  • Host Coordinator. Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.
  • Personal Chef. Prepare meals in private homes.
  • Restaurant Chef. Prepare, season, and cook soups, meats, or other foodstuffs in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.
  • Short Order Cook. Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Michigan

Michigan
Michigan photo by Jjegers

Michigan has a population of 9,969,727, which has grown by 0.31% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Great Lakes State," its capital is Lansing, though its most populous city is Detroit. In 2008, there were a total of 5,397,807 jobs in Michigan. The average annual income was $34,953 in 2008, up from $34,185 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Michigan was 13.6% in 2009, which has grown by 5.3% since the previous year. About 21.8% of Michigan residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Michigan include transportation equipment manufacturing, motor vehicle manufacturing, and motor vehicle parts manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Bullock Edwards & Associates, the Detroit Historical Society, and the Charles H Wright Museum of African American Histry.