Culinary, Hospitality & Tourism

Culinary, Hospitality & Tourism

Culinary Arts

A career in the kitchen can be fun, inspiring, and — with the right training — quite lucrative. ACC’s Culinary Arts Program helps you prep for this fast-paced profession with the skills to direct a kitchen staff, plan a menu, and present a full aesthetic experience. You’ll practice your skills with real customers at ACC’s student-run restaurants.

ACC’s Culinary Arts Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Job Titles & Career Information

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  • Cooks, Fast Food

    Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.

    Hourly Wage: $9.59

    Currently Employed: 4343

    Projections:

    4343 people are employed as Cooks, Fast Food. This number is expected to increase by 0.64% over the next four years.

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  • Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

    Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

    Hourly Wage: $11.05

    Currently Employed: 2174

    Projections:

    2174 people are employed as Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria. This number is expected to increase by 7.68% over the next four years.

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  • Cooks, Private Household

    Prepare meals in private homes. Includes personal chefs.

    Hourly Wage: $13.4

    Currently Employed: 7

    Projections:

    7 people are employed as Cooks, Private Household. This number is expected to remain steady with job change around 0% over the next four years.

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  • Cooks, Restaurant

    Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

    Hourly Wage: $11.18

    Currently Employed: 10782

    Projections:

    10782 people are employed as Cooks, Restaurant. This number is expected to increase by 11.43% over the next four years.

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  • Cooks, Short Order

    Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.

    Hourly Wage: $10.08

    Currently Employed: 2686

    Projections:

    2686 people are employed as Cooks, Short Order. This number is expected to increase by 2.72% over the next four years.

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  • Food Preparation Workers

    Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

    Hourly Wage: $11.1

    Currently Employed: 5879

    Projections:

    5879 people are employed as Food Preparation Workers. This number is expected to increase by 8.66% over the next four years.

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  • Bartenders

    Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

    Hourly Wage: $10.4

    Currently Employed: 6013

    Projections:

    6013 people are employed as Bartenders. This number is expected to increase by 10.39% over the next four years.

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  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

    Perform duties which combine preparing and serving food and nonalcoholic beverages.

    Hourly Wage: $9.77

    Currently Employed: 29736

    Projections:

    29736 people are employed as Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food. This number is expected to increase by 8.98% over the next four years.

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  • Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop

    Serve food to diners at counter or from a steam table.

    Hourly Wage: $9.69

    Currently Employed: 3326

    Projections:

    3326 people are employed as Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop. This number is expected to increase by 8.81% over the next four years.

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  • Baristas

    Prepare or serve specialty coffee or other beverages. Serve food such as baked goods or sandwiches to patrons.

    Hourly Wage: $9.69

    Currently Employed: 3326

    Projections:

    3326 people are employed as Baristas. This number is expected to increase by 8.81% over the next four years.

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  • Waiters and Waitresses

    Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

    Hourly Wage: $9.93

    Currently Employed: 23704

    Projections:

    23704 people are employed as Waiters and Waitresses. This number is expected to increase by 7.27% over the next four years.

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  • Food Servers, Nonrestaurant

    Serve food to individuals outside of a restaurant environment, such as in hotel rooms, hospital rooms, residential care facilities, or cars.

    Hourly Wage: $9.75

    Currently Employed: 1764

    Projections:

    1764 people are employed as Food Servers, Nonrestaurant. This number is expected to increase by 6.8% over the next four years.

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  • Butchers and Meat Cutters

    Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

    Hourly Wage: $15.65

    Currently Employed: 699

    Projections:

    699 people are employed as Butchers and Meat Cutters. This number is expected to increase by 7.15% over the next four years.

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  • Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop

    Welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.

    Hourly Wage: $9.89

    Currently Employed: 3887

    Projections:

    3887 people are employed as Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop. This number is expected to increase by 7.82% over the next four years.

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  • Chefs and Head Cooks

    Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

    Hourly Wage: $16.93

    Currently Employed: 1331

    Projections:

    1331 people are employed as Chefs and Head Cooks. This number is expected to increase by 8.87% over the next four years.

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  • Bakers

    Mix and bake ingredients to produce breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, or other baked goods.

    Hourly Wage: $11.61

    Currently Employed: 567

    Projections:

    567 people are employed as Bakers. This number is expected to increase by 11.11% over the next four years.

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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

Program Map

View the program maps below to see the sequence of courses needed to complete your chosen degree or certificate in this program.

Awards in This Program

Associate of Applied Science

  • Culinary Arts- Baking and Pastry
  • Culinary Arts

Certificate Level 1

  • Pastry Arts Culinary Arts
  • Culinary Arts

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ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.