July is National Culinary Arts Month and we thought it would be interesting to look at hiring demand for food preparation and culinary jobs. Hiring demand has grown quickly in 2012, peaking in May with 246,000 available online job ads. That volume fell slightly in June to approximately 234,000 online job listings – a 65% year-over-year increase in demand. We've also noticed that with this great increase, food preparation and service occupations have appeared on our list of most demanded occupations for several months.
Hiring Demand for Food Preparation and Service Workers – 4 Year Hiring Trend
There are several industries that are recruiting for food preparation and service workers. Limited-service and full-service restaurants were the 2 industries with the most ads with more than 51,000 online job postings combined during June. Other industries that most commonly recruited for these positions were hotels and motels (except casino hotels), general medical and surgical hospitals, casino hotels, nusing care facilities, and supermarkets and other grocery stores. The employers that posted the most job ads during June were Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Marriott International, and Gecko Hospitality. All 5 of these companies experienced year-over-year growth in the number of job ads.
The 10 most commonly advertised job titles for food preparation and service occupations were:
- Assistant Manager
- Restaurant Manager
- Restaurant Assistant Manager
- Shift Manager
- Team Member
- Shift Supervisor
- Line Cook
Employers posted the most ads for jobs located in the New York metropolitan area, followed by Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Below are the 10 metro areas with the highest volume of job ads for culinary careers during June. All experienced year-over-year increases in hiring demand, with Dallas growing the most. In Dallas, employers posted 94% more job ads during June 2012 than they did in June 2011.
10 Cities with the Most Job Ads for Food Preparation and Service Workers
In addition, food preparation jobs often require health and food safety certifications. Our certifications in-demand show that some commonly required certifications for culinary careers are: HACCP and Food Safety Program certification, First Aid certification, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) certification (for bartenders), and Certified Dietary Manager certification.
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