Culinary Science
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Overview
Culinary science is a program that focuses on the blending of food science and the culinary arts and that prepares individuals to work as research chefs and related research and development positions in the food industry. includes instruction in culinary arts, food chemistry, food safety and quality, food processing, nutrition, and business management.
Highlights
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($38K) with a Associate's Degree: Madison Area Technical College
Career with the highest median salary ($73K) associated with this program: Agricultural and food scientists
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Careers for program graduates
Culinary science majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Chefs and Head CooksCooksMorticians, Undertakers, and F...Food Service ManagersHairdressers, Hairstylists, an...First-Line Supervisors of Food...Specialized ManagersFirst-Line Supervisors of Reta...Food Preparation WorkersWholesale and Manufacturing Sa...Building CleanersBakersWaiters and WaitressesGeneral and Operations Manager...Elementary and Middle School S...Cashiers
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01002003000-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeMaster's Degree
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Completions over time
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in culinary science doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field cooking and related culinary arts, general, which includes culinary science.
Median starting salaries
$24K$26K$31K$0$10K$20K$30K$40KBachelor'sAssociate'sCertificate
Median cumulative loan amount
$11K$18K$38K$0$20K$40K$60KBachelor'sAssociate'sCertificate
Careers
Recommended careers for those with a degree in cosmetology services and culinary arts
Following are the jobs recommended for those who study Cosmetology Services and Culinary Arts (which combines 7 programs). These are listed in order of highest nationwide employment.
  1. Food Service Managers
  2. Specialized Postsecondary Teachers
  3. Chefs and Head Cooks
  4. Specialized Cooks
  5. Food Scientists and Technologists
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Recommended Careers for cosmetology services and culinary arts majors
Is this degree preparing you for a career with a salary you want? Are there lots of openings in the near future? The Department of Education suggests these careers as a starting list, and Ididio hopes that if the career you're most interested in doesn't appear here, you will head over to our Career Explorer and learn more about paths to your best career.
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Explore schools that offer culinary science degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
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The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Careers for cosmetology services and culinary arts majors
cosmetology services and culinary arts is part of a larger collection of programs: Culinary Services. Is there a different program that's close to cosmetology services and culinary arts that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in culinary science earned in the last academic year, 56% were women.
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
38%62%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Context: Percentage women
This major has a lower percentage of women than 49% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
$35K$48K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity
For cosmetology services and culinary arts graduates, men have a 40% higher median salary than women, This is high: 95% of programs have graduates with lower salary inequities.
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Race/Origin
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all culinary science graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 62% of other programs.
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 70% of other programs.