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Information on the businesses and industries that employ Cooks and on wages and locations for those in the field. Restaurants & Food Services is the industry that employs the most Cooks, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Cooks, by average wage, is Fruit & vegetable preserving & specialty food manufacturing. Cooks are paid most in Oakland (East) & Piedmont Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Paradise (Northwest) & Winchester PUMA, NV.


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Demographic information on Cooks in the US. The average age of male Cooks in the workforce is 32.2 and of female Cooks is 40.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Cooks is White.

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Data on higher education choices for Cooks from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Cooks is Business but a relatively high number of Cooks hold a major in Communication Technologies.



Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Cooks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Cooks need many skills, but most especially Coordination, Monitoring, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Cooks need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Management of Material Resources, and Quality Control Analysis.

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The closest comparable data for the Detailed Occupation Cooks is from the Major Occupation Group Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations.
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Projections on wages and job growth for Cooks from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Cooks are expected to see a growth of 6.1% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

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