Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 35-2013 Cooks, Private Household
Prepare meals in private homes.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Plan menus according to employers' needs and diet restrictions. Shop for or order food and kitchen supplies and equipment. Peel, wash, trim, and cook vegetables and meats, and bake breads and pastries. Prepare meals in private homes according to employers' recipes or tastes, handling all meals for the family and possibly for other household staff. Stock, organize, and clean kitchens and cooking utensils. Specialize in preparing fancy dishes and/or food for special diets. Create and explore new cuisines.
License: License not required.
Outlook: No Change
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