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Culinary Arts

Jobs are available anywhere food is prepared. In addition to all types of restaurants, other venues include research and development, food artistry, the hospitality industry, large corporations, educations institutions, casinos, cruise ships, hospitals or assisted living facilities.

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The program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for the culinary profession. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of culinary theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Graduates who are current practitioners will benefit through enhancement of career potential. Entry-level persons will be prepared to pursue diverse opportunities in the culinary field as cooks, bakers, or caterers/culinary managers. The occupational trend is projected to increase by 18% through 2018.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pastry Chefs are in-demand and make excellent salaries. Payscale.com reports that the average salary for Pastry Bakers is just over $40,000 per year.  In 2008, Specialty Chefs represented more than 8,900 jobs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts job opportunities will increase by nearly 15% in the coming decade adding 138,000 jobs by 2016. In addition, the BLS indicates highly skilled bakers should be especially in demand because of growing demand for specialty products.

The city of Savannah, Ga., the largest city and the county seat of Chatham County, is known as America’s first planned city and attracts millions of visitors, who enjoy the city’s architecture and historic structures. Today, Savannah’s downtown area is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States (designated in 1966). The locals and millions of visitors create a high demand for the food industry.

In Georgia, bakers earn a median annual salary of $23,190 as of May 2011, according to the BLS.  Based on Department of Labor statistics the mean average salary in the Savannah area is $22,830 as of May 2011.

Source: Technical College System of Georgia – Knowledge Management System