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Cooks and Chefs
Overall, the employment of chefs and cooks is expected to experience little or no change compared to the average for all occupations through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. While some areas (such as institution and cafeteria chefs and cooks) may not see much growth in number of new jobs, turnover rates are high and the need to find replacement cooks and chefs will mean many job opportunities in all areas. The demand for cooks and chefs will also grow as the population increases and lifestyles change. As people earn higher incomes and have more leisure time, they dine out more often and take more vacations. In addition, working parents and their families dine out, or purchase prepared food from grocery or specialty food stores, frequently as a convenience.