These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Cooks

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 8 months ago
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It’s tough to be a cook nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a cook isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become cooks in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many cooks no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former cooks to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former cooks:

  1. Cashier
  2. Sales Associate
  3. Customer Service Representative
  4. Line Cook
  5. Assistant Manager
  6. Machine Operator
  7. Manager
  8. Server
  9. Prep Cook
  10. Chef

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a cook would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former cooks to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former cooks:

  1. Chef
  2. Sous Chef
  3. Executive Chef
  4. Kitchen Manager
  5. Production Worker
  6. Package Handler
  7. Assembler
  8. Operator
  9. Stocker
  10. Baker

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Cooks

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed cook under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a cook, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former cooks.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Cooks

Job Title Rank %
Cashier 1 2.56%
Sales Associate 2 2.19%
Customer Service Representative 3 1.93%
Line Cook 4 1.61%
Assistant Manager 5 1.16%
Machine Operator 6 1.16%
Manager 7 1.09%
Server 8 1.09%
Prep Cook 9 1.04%
Chef 10 0.97%
Sous Chef 11 0.86%
Crew Member 12 0.81%
Driver 13 0.76%
Executive Chef 14 0.76%
Security Officer 15 0.74%
Internship 16 0.67%
Supervisor 17 0.62%
Delivery Driver 18 0.62%
Forklift Operator 19 0.57%
Sales Representative 20 0.57%
Warehouse Worker 21 0.56%
Kitchen Manager 22 0.53%
Production Worker 23 0.5%
Warehouse Associate 24 0.49%
Material Handler 25 0.48%
Technician 26 0.46%
Welder 27 0.46%
Customer Service Trainer 28 0.46%
Associate 29 0.44%
Package Handler 30 0.41%
Grill Cook 31 0.39%
Administrative Assistant 32 0.37%
Lead Cook 33 0.37%
Owner 34 0.37%
Certified Nursing Assistant 35 0.37%
Assembler 36 0.36%
Volunteer 37 0.34%
Operator 38 0.33%
Stocker 39 0.33%
Head Cook 40 0.32%
Team Leader 41 0.31%
Cook, Cashier, And Waitress 42 0.31%
Baker 43 0.3%
General Manager 44 0.29%
Picker 45 0.29%
Waitress 46 0.28%
Home Health Aid 47 0.27%
Dietary Aide 48 0.25%
Security Guard 49 0.25%
Shift Manager 50 0.25%
Food Service Worker 51 0.25%
Maintenance Technician 52 0.25%
Packer 53 0.25%
Custodian 54 0.25%
Ship Worker 55 0.25%
Janitor 56 0.25%
Housekeeper 57 0.25%
Cleaner 58 0.25%
Helper 59 0.24%
Teacher 60 0.24%
Assembly Line Worker 61 0.24%
Customer Service Associate 62 0.24%
Specialist 63 0.24%
Owner/Operator 64 0.24%
Food Prep 65 0.24%
Manufacturing Team Member 66 0.23%
Store Manager 67 0.23%
Cook/Dishwasher 68 0.23%
Shift Leader 69 0.23%
Installer 70 0.22%
Cook/Server 71 0.22%
Farm Hand 72 0.2%
Merchandiser 73 0.2%
Line Cook, Prep Cook 74 0.2%
Mechanic 75 0.2%
Truck Driver 76 0.2%
Barista 77 0.2%
Chef Manager 78 0.2%
Overnight Stocker 79 0.19%
Office Assistant 80 0.18%
Service Technician 81 0.18%
Pharmacist Technician 82 0.18%
Kitchen Supervisor 83 0.18%
Food Service Director 84 0.18%
Maintenance Worker 85 0.18%
Order Selector 86 0.18%
Cook Supervisor 87 0.18%
Bartender 88 0.17%
Sorter 89 0.17%
Stock Clerk 90 0.17%
Clerk 91 0.17%
Sales Consultant 92 0.17%
Picker And Packer 93 0.17%
Painter 94 0.17%
Office Manager 95 0.16%
Correction Officer 96 0.16%
Substitute Teacher 97 0.16%
Press Operator 98 0.16%
Landscaper 99 0.16%
Helper/Driver 100 0.15%

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