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Career and Education Opportunities for Institutional Cooks in Vermont

Vermont has a population of 621,760, which has grown by 2.12% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Green Mountain State," its capital is Montpelier, though its most populous city is Burlington.

About 1,150 people are currently employed as institutional cooks in Vermont. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 5% to about 1,210 people employed. 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. Institutional cooks generally prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

A person working as an institutional cook can expect to earn about $12 per hour or $25,400 yearly on average in Vermont and about $10 per hour or $22,210 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for institutional cooks are not quite as good as in the overall category of Cooking in Vermont, and not quite as good as the overall Cooking category nationally. People working as institutional cooks can fill a number of jobs, such as: food service specialist, line cook, and basket lunch preparer.

In 2008, there were a total of 434,917 jobs in Vermont. The average annual income was $38,700 in 2008, up from $37,735 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Vermont was 6.9% in 2009, which has grown by 2.4% since the previous year. Approximately 29.4% of Vermont residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Vermont include computer product manufacturing, nonupholstered wood household furniture manufacturing, and sporting goods merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Echo at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, the American Expeditions, and the Algebars.

CITIES WITH Institutional Cook OPPORTUNITIES IN Vermont


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 Vermont 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: Vermont

Vermont
Vermont photo by Jared C. Benedict

Vermont has a population of 621,760, which has grown by 2.12% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Green Mountain State," its capital is Montpelier, though its largest city is Burlington. In 2008, there were a total of 434,917 jobs in Vermont. The average annual income was $38,700 in 2008, up from $37,735 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Vermont was 6.9% in 2009, which has grown by 2.4% since the previous year. Approximately 29.4% of Vermont residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Vermont include computer product manufacturing, nonupholstered wood household furniture manufacturing, and sporting goods merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Fleming Museum, the Yolanda Drag Queen Singer Songwriter, and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce.