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Career and Education Opportunities for Chefs in New Jersey

New Jersey has a population of 8,707,739, which has grown by 3.49% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Garden State," its capital is Trenton, though its biggest city is Newark.

There are currently 3,500 working chefs in New Jersey; this should grow by 6% to about 3,700 working chefs in the state by 2016. This is better than the national trend for chefs, which sees this job pool growing by about 0.2% over the next eight years. In general, chefs direct the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, or other foods.

Income for chefs is about $23 hourly or $49,820 per year on average in New Jersey. Nationally, their income is about $18 per hour or $38,770 annually. Compared with people working in the overall category of Cooking, people working as chefs in New Jersey earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Cooking nationally. People working as chefs can fill a number of jobs, such as: bread and pastry baker, food and beverage director, and pantry chef.

In 2008, there were a total of 5,176,293 jobs in New Jersey. The average annual income was $51,473 in 2008, up from $50,364 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New Jersey was 9.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. About 29.8% of New Jersey residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New Jersey include wholesale trade, durable goods merchant wholesalers, and drugs' sundries merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Newark Museum, the A P Personal Limo, and the Morris Museum.

CITIES WITH Chef OPPORTUNITIES IN New Jersey


JOB DESCRIPTION: Chef

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

In general, chefs direct the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, or other foods. They also may plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

Every day, chefs are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in New Jersey include:

  • 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 and Beverage Supervisor. Supervise workers engaged in preparing and serving food.
  • Institutional Cook. Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.
  • 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: New Jersey

New Jersey
New Jersey photo by Derek Jensen

New Jersey has a population of 8,707,739, which has grown by 3.49% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Garden State," its capital is Trenton, though its most populous city is Newark. In 2008, there were a total of 5,176,293 jobs in New Jersey. The average annual income was $51,473 in 2008, up from $50,364 the previous year. The unemployment rate in New Jersey was 9.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 29.8% of New Jersey residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New Jersey include wholesale trade, durable goods merchant wholesalers, and drugs' sundries merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Morris Museum, the New Jersey Historical Society, and the A P Personal Limo.