How to become a Chef

Chefs plan and organise the preparation and cooking of food in a number of settings.

Personal requirements of a Chef

  • High level of personal cleanliness
  • Enjoy cooking
  • Able to organise efficient work schedules
  • Good interpersonal, communication and customer service skills
  • Able to work as a leader and as part of a team
  • Punctuality
  • Able to work under pressure and stay calm in difficult situations

Education & Training for a Chef

To become a chef you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers usually require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:

$918

Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.1%

NSW 30.4%

NT 1.4%

QLD 16.7%

SA 5.2%

TAS 2.8%

VIC 27.3%

WA 15.2%

Hours worked:

42.6

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 75%

Proportion of female workers 25%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 2.1%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 9.3%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 11.5%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 48.4%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 15.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 12.9%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 52.7%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 47.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Although both chefs and cooks complete an apprenticeship at certificate III level initially, chefs are generally required to gain further skills at certificate IV level and above.
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