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Occupational Report for Chefs and Head Cooks (35-1011) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

Employment Outlook for Chefs and Head Cooks
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was at about the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be at about the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers largely due to the significant number of job openings projected for this occupation.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Chefs and Head Cooks There are 7 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 7 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
FULL-TIME HEAD COOK 10/30/14 Lakeview DOE
Cook 10/29/14 Beaverton
Head Cook 10/28/14 Port Orford $10.42/hr DOE
Thai Food Chef 10/20/14 Winston DOE, Neg.
Chef 10/3/14 Sheridan $12.00/hr to $15.00/hr DOE
Cook 8/22/14 Bandon $10.00/hr DOE
Sous Chef 8/5/14 Medford $10.00/hr DOE
Job Openings from the Web for Chefs and Head Cooks The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 17 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 17 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Cook 10/27/14 Beaverton BROOKDALE
Executive Chef 10/23/14 Portland HOLIDAY RETIREMENT
Overnight Pastry Cook 10/17/14 Portland Urban Farmer
RESTAURANT SOUS CHEF 10/15/14 Portland Gecko Hospitality
McCormick and Schmick's - Sous Chef 10/9/14 Portland McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurants
Sous Chef - growing concept 10/7/14 Portland Gecko Hospitality
Sous Chef 10/5/14 Portland Urban Farmer
Sous Chef 10/5/14 Portland Departure
Lead Cook 9/25/14 Ashland The Springs Living
Sous Chef - New Opening 9/3/14 Portland Gecko Hospitality
Sous Chef - New Opening 9/1/14 Portland Gecko Hospitality
Sous Chef 8/20/14 Hillsboro Guckenheimer
Sous Chef 8/20/14 Hillsboro Guckenheimer
Sous Chef 8/6/14 Portland Gecko Hospitality
Professional Baker 8/6/14 Ashland
Sous Chef 8/5/14 Portland Sage Hospitality Resources
Sous Chef 8/5/14 Portland Sage Hospitality Resources
State of Oregon License Information for Chefs and Head Cooks
License License Authority Web Site
Foodhandler Certification Oregon Health Authority - Public Health Division
Wages for Chefs and Head Cooks
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $11.88 $13.99 $17.00 $21.59 $29.34 $18.80 $39,120
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 13.67 15.62 17.41 22.26 26.75 18.68 38,848
Multnomah / Washington 12.58 14.79 17.39 21.92 30.76 19.51 40,570
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 11.62 16.26 22.46 34.05 34.06 23.75 49,405
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 10.87 13.91 18.16 22.13 34.15 19.70 40,980
Lane 11.78 13.29 16.16 21.55 29.70 18.35 38,168
Coos / Curry 12.62 14.00 16.96 24.74 27.77 18.91 39,342
Jackson / Josephine 10.03 10.90 13.30 17.12 21.16 14.67 30,507
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 12.78 14.18 16.33 18.63 22.06 17.46 36,324
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 15.02 16.04 17.71 21.26 25.71 18.95 39,428
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Chefs and Head Cooks
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 1,281 1,493 212 16.5% 21 21 42
Multnomah / Washington 767 860 93 12.1% 9 12 21
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 119 130 11 9.2% 1 2 3
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 105 122 17 16.2% 2 2 4
Clackamas 101 112 11 10.9% 1 2 3
Lane 95 110 15 15.8% 2 2 4
Jackson / Josephine 93 104 11 11.8% 1 2 3
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 63 66 3 4.8% 0 1 1
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 37 43 6 16.2% 1 1 2
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 31 34 3 9.7% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 18 17 -1 -5.6% 0 0 0
Douglas 14 15 1 7.1% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 12 12 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 5 5 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Chefs and Head Cooks
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 1,281
Total All Industries Private 1,195
Manufacturing Private 15
Retail Trade Private 49
Food and Beverage Stores Private 46
Grocery Stores Private 42
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 13
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 51
Hospitals Private 19
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 19
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities Private 26
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly Private 26
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Private 48
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries Private 45
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries Private 45
Accommodation and Food Services Private 992
Accommodation, including Hotels and Motels Private 92
Traveler Accommodation Private 92
Food Services and Drinking Places Private 900
Special Food Services Private 117
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) Private 43
Restaurants and Other Eating Places Private 740
Other Services (except Government) Private 16
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations Private 16
Total All Industries Federal 14
Federal Government, Excluding Post Office Federal 14
Total All Industries State 16
Educational Services State 16
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools State 16
Educational Requirements for Chefs and Head Cooks The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary non-degree award. Five years or more of related related work experience is commonly considered necessary for this occupation.
Skills for Chefs and Head Cooks
  • Analyze Recipes
  • Apply Health And Sanitation Standards
  • Apply Mathematical Principles To Accounting, Bookkeeping Or Budgeting
  • Apply Teaching Techniques
  • Apply Wine Characteristics Knowledge
  • Conduct Employment Interviews
  • Coordinate Banquets, Meetings And Related Events
  • Cut Meat
  • Determine Food And Beverage Costs
  • Determine Portions
  • Develop Staffing Plan
  • Hire And Dismiss Employees
  • Interpret And Apply Health Regulations In Lodging And Food Service
  • Investigate And Resolve Customer Problems
  • Manage Finances For Institutional Food Service
  • Manage Inventories And Supplies
  • Manage Personnel And Human Resources
  • Measure Or Weigh Ingredients
  • Operate Baking Equipment
  • Operate Cooking Equipment
  • Operate Food Preparation Equipment
  • Plan And Prepare Menus
  • Plan Meal Presentations
  • Prepare Meals
  • Prepare Reports In Timely Manner
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Procure And Store Meat
  • Provide Customer Service
  • Provide Training To Employees
  • Purchase Equipment And Supplies
  • Purchase Food Or Beverages
  • Respond To Personnel Problems And Grievances
  • Schedule Work Hours
  • Supervise Food And Beverage Preparation
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Interviewing Techniques
  • Use Inventory Control Procedures
  • Use Specialized Bakery Equipment
Schools and Training Providers for Chefs and Head Cooks The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

The Art Institute of Portland
1122 NW Davis St
Portland, OR 97309
Phone: (503) 228-6528
Programs of Training:
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: (541) 917-4999
Programs of Training:
Angell Job Corps Center
335 NE Blogett Road
Yachats, OR 97498
Phone: (541) 547-3137
Programs of Training:
Tillamook Bay Community College
4301 Third St.
Tillamook, OR 97141
Phone: (503) 842-8222
Programs of Training:
Timber Lake Job Corps Center
59868 E Highway 224
Estacada, OR 97023
Phone: (503) 834-2291
Programs of Training:
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420-2193
Phone: (541) 888-2525
Programs of Training:
Springdale Job Corps Center
31224 E Historic Columbia River Hwy
Troutdale, OR 97060
Phone: (503) 695-2245
Programs of Training:
Tongue Point Job Corps Center
37573 Old Highway 30
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-2131
Programs of Training:
Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405-640
Phone: (541) 463-3000
Programs of Training:
Pioneer Pacific College
27501 SW Parkway Ave
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9296
Phone: (503) 682-3903
Programs of Training:
Christian Culinary Academy
289 N. Spruce St.
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
Phone: (503) 794-4083
Programs of Training:
Wolf Creek Job Corps Center
2010 Opportunity Lane
Glide, OR 97443
Phone: (541) 496-3507
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 383-7500
Programs of Training:
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Portland
600 SW 10th Ave, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97205-2793
Phone: (503) 223-2245
Programs of Training:
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470-226
Phone: (541) 440-4600
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Chefs and Head Cooks These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Central Oregon Community College
Klamath Community College
Lane Community College
Linn-Benton Community College
Mt Hood Community College
Tillamook Bay Community College
Umpqua Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Chefs and Head Cooks matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
First-Line Supervisors Of Food Preparation And Serving Workers 61%
Cooks, Restaurant 40%
Cooks, All Other 40%
Gaming Supervisors 35%
Slot Supervisors 35%
First-Line Supervisors Of Personal Service Workers 33%
Food Service Managers 33%
Cooks, Institution And Cafeteria 31%