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Career and Education Opportunities for Chefs in New Mexico

New Mexico has a population of 2,009,671, which has grown by 10.48% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "The Land of Enchantment," its capital is Santa Fe, though its most populous city is Albuquerque.

There are currently 510 jobs for chefs in New Mexico and this is projected to grow 11% to about 560 jobs by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for chefs are expected to grow by about 0.2%. Chefs generally direct the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, or other foods.

Chefs earn approximately $13 hourly or $29,060 annually on average in New Mexico. Nationally they average about $18 per hour or $38,770 annually. Incomes for chefs are better than in the overall category of Cooking in New Mexico, and better than the overall Cooking category nationally. Chefs work in a variety of jobs, including: personal chef, bread and pastry baker, and pastry cook.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,117,433 jobs in New Mexico. The average annual income was $33,389 in 2008, up from $32,093 the previous year. The unemployment rate in New Mexico was 7.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Approximately 23.5% of New Mexico residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in New Mexico include casinos (except casino hotels), other nonmetallic mineral mining, and all other miscellaneous ambulatory health care services. Notable tourist destinations include the Albuquerque City Government, the LA Fonda Del Bosque, and the Albuquerque Museum Gift Shop.

CITIES WITH Chef OPPORTUNITIES IN New Mexico


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 Mexico 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 Mexico

New Mexico
New Mexico photo by karol m

New Mexico has a population of 2,009,671, which has grown by 10.48% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "The Land of Enchantment," its capital is Santa Fe, though its largest city is Albuquerque. In 2008, there were a total of 1,117,433 jobs in New Mexico. The average annual income was $33,389 in 2008, up from $32,093 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New Mexico was 7.2% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. About 23.5% of New Mexico residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in New Mexico include casinos (except casino hotels), other nonmetallic mineral mining, and all other miscellaneous ambulatory health care services. Notable tourist destinations include the Albuquerque City Government, the Flowers by ZACH, and the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop.