Job prospects Cook in Alberta

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Job opportunities in Alberta

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be moderate for Cooks (NOC 63200) in Alberta for the 2023-2025 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

The accommodation and food services industry had the highest job vacancy rate among industries in the province over the first half of 2023, indicating that there are employment opportunities going unfilled. That, coupled with moderate employment growth expected over through to 2025 contributes to the overall positive outlook for this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Cooks in Alberta:

  • Approximately 18,700 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): 7%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 66% compared to 80% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 34% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • 36% of cooks work all year, while 64% work only part of the year, compared to 61% and 39% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 42 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of cooks are self-employed compared to an average of 15% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 61% compared to 53% for all occupations
    • Women: 39% compared to 47% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 23% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 42% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 10% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 14% compared to 19% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 9% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 9% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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