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Career and Education Opportunities for Institutional Cooks in New Mexico

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 most populous city is Albuquerque.

About 3,680 people are currently employed as institutional cooks in New Mexico. By 2016, this is expected to grow 16% to about 4,260 people employed. This is better than the national trend for institutional cooks, which sees this job pool growing by about 9.7% over the next eight years. Institutional cooks generally prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

Income for institutional cooks is about $9 hourly or $19,030 annually on average in New Mexico. Nationally, their income is about $10 hourly or $22,210 annually. Earnings for institutional cooks are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Cooking in New Mexico and not quite as good as general Cooking category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: special diet cook, baker, and dietary aide.

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 in 2007. 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 attractions include the Explora, the The Albuquerque Museum, and the Albuquerque Museum Gift Shop.

CITIES WITH Institutional Cook OPPORTUNITIES IN New Mexico


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 New Mexico 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.