Job prospects Cook in Alberta
Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "cook" in Alberta or Canada.
Job opportunities in Alberta
Note: These outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Learn more about our methodology.
Prospects over the next 3 years
The employment outlook will be moderate for Cooks (NOC 6322) in Alberta for the 2022-2024 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
- A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
- High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.
The employment outlook is positive for this occupation in Alberta for the next year, driven by strong demand for workers in accommodation and food services. The Conference Board of Canada predicts the sector’s employment will continue to make a full recovery as firms replace employees who were laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there are fewer jobs available overall and weak growth forecasted for new jobs, the high demand for workers contributed to this overall positive rating.
Here are some key facts about Cooks in Alberta:
- Approximately 22,500 people work in this occupation.
- Cooks mainly work in the following sectors:
- Food services and drinking places (NAICS 722): 75%
- Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 6%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 71% compared to 81% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 28% compared to 19% for all occupations
- 46% of cooks work all year, while 54% work only part of the year, compared to 59% and 41% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 30 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
- less than 5% of cooks are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
- The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
- Men: 60% compared to 54% for all occupations
- Women: 40% compared to 46% for all occupations
- The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
- no high school diploma: 28% compared to 12% for all occupations
- high school diploma or equivalent: 38% compared to 28% for all occupations
- apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 8% compared to 10% for all occupations
- college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 16% compared to 24% for all occupations
- bachelor's degree: 8% compared to 18% for all occupations
- university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 8% for all occupations
Breakdown by region
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|Athabasca–Grande Prairie–Peace River Region|
|Banff–Jasper–Rocky Mountain House Region|
|Lethbridge–Medicine Hat Region|
|Red Deer Region|
|Wood Buffalo–Cold Lake Region|
Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
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