Job prospects Cook in Québec

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "cook" was moved from the group Cooks (NOC 6322) to the group Cooks (NOC 63200).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "cook" in Québec or Canada.

Job opportunities in Québec

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be moderate for Cooks (NOC 6322) in Quebec 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.
  • Health restrictions to curb the transmission of COVID-19 have greatly affected the food service industry and employment in this occupation. Despite the easing of health measures and economic recovery, the occupation has not returned pre-pandemic employment levels. As a result, future job growth will come from making up for the jobs lost during this crisis.
  • Employment levels may not return to pre-pandemic levels due to the economic context, the slow recovery of tourism activities and changes in consumer habits.
  • Rising prices and interest rates may slow demand for food services. On the one hand, restaurant owners are experiencing increased operating costs that they will have to add to the cost of meals. On the other hand, a decrease in household disposable income could affect restaurant demand, including a decline in meals sold and meals eaten in dining rooms in favour of fast food and take-out meals.
  • In addition, the restaurant industry is facing competition from companies that deliver ready-to-eat boxes and from retail businesses that are diversifying their service offering by opening fast food or ready-to-eat outlets.
  • Given that people are continuing to work from home and given the fragility of leisure and business tourism, this could deprive restaurants of a good part of their clientele, especially in city centres.
  • Turnover may result in additional employment opportunities. People with experience will easily find work. In addition, the scarcity of available labour will improve prospects for less experienced job seekers.

While it will be moderate elsewhere, the employment outlook for this occupation will be good in the following regions:

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, due to a higher proportion of retirements
  • Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, due to a lower proportion of unemployed

Here are some key facts about Cooks in Quebec:

  • Approximately 47,450 people work in this occupation.
  • Cooks mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Food services and drinking places (NAICS 722): 68%
    • Social assistance (NAICS 624): 7%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 7%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 68% compared to 80% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 32% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • 52% of cooks work all year, while 48% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 30 weeks compared to 33 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: 57% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 42% compared to 48% 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: 28% compared to 20% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 25% compared to 19% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 13% compared to 24% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: less than 5% compared to 16% 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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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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