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Sustainable Food Systems

Careers in this path are related to the Sustainable Food Systems. They include chefs, cooks. dietary, brewing and agricultural and food scientists working in restaurants, cafeterias, bars and possibly laboratories.

Is this Career Path for You?

If you enjoy food prep or any food-related concerns, as well as managing the daily operation of restaurants and other establishments that prepare and serve food and beverages, this could be the ideal for you. Typically, you work early mornings, late evenings, weekends and holidays. This work can be fast paced and stressful.

Job Outlook

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics growth will be between 5-9% by 2024. Most job opportunities are expected to be in food service and food service management, hospitality, restaurants, bars, and food production. Employment of agricultural and food scientists are projected to grow as research methods and techniques continue.

Average Salaries

  • Chef or Head Cook: $35,800*
  • Food Service Manager: $41,860*
  • Institution or Cafeteria Cook: $23,200*
  • Food Scientist or Technologist: $72,690*
  • Brewer: $35,136***
*Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, a semi-annual survey that provides wage and employment statistics for the nation, each state, and sub-state regions.
**Kalamazoo/Portage, MI, 2015
***According to www.payscale.com