Job prospects Cook in Québec

Job opportunities for Cooks (NOC 6322) are fair in Québec over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a cook.

Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

Job opportunities in Québec

cook
Outlook over the next 3 years
Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Cooks (NOC 6322) in Québec for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Opportunities will be accessible primarily to experienced cooks and graduates of professional training programs. The completion of a vocational training program in cooking is an important asset. The qualities and competencies most in demand by employers are creativity, leadership, autonomy, teamwork abilities, a sense of priorities and responsibilities, as well as attention to detail and cleanliness.

Employment dynamics in this occupation depend on the trends affecting the food services sector. This industry is characterized by a very competitive business environment with low profit margins, resulting in a particularly large business turnover. Despite the increase in household income and their discretionary spending budget, the amount spent on meals in restaurants has not really increased. The food services industry also has to compete with retail trade, which is diversifying its service offering with the delivery of ready-to-cook meals and opening fast food outlets. However, population aging, the increase in single-person households, the high participation of women in the labour market and the improvement of tourism opportunities in Québec could benefit this occupation in the longer term.

Here are some key facts about Cooks in Québec:

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