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$36,190 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Personal & Culinary Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many personal and culinary services graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 69,979
Basic Certificate 50,335
Associate’s Degree 11,413
Bachelor’s Degree 875
Master’s Degree 31
Graduate Certificate 1

What Personal & Culinary Services Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to personal and culinary services were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Personal & Culinary Services Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in personal and culinary services should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Personal & Culinary Services Majors

personal and culinary services majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Personal & Culinary Services Majors

A major in personal and culinary services will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

What Can You Do With a Personal & Culinary Services Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with personal and culinary services:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Bakers 7.6% $26,520
Barbers 13.5% $27,960
Bartenders 2.5% $22,550
Butchers and Meat Cutters 5.7% $31,580
Chefs and Head Cooks 9.6% $48,460
Cooks 9.0% $28,650
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 7.7% $26,860
Cooks, Private Household 5.2% $37,590
Cooks, Restaurant 11.8% $26,530
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 9.3% $32,450
First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers 14.6% $38,400
Food Scientists and Technologists 5.9% $65,300
Food Service Managers 9.0% $54,240
Funeral Service Managers 7.0% $79,180
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 13.0% $24,730
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance 12.5% $64,250
Manicurists and Pedicurists 13.2% $24,330
Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors 3.8% $52,650
Professors 9.4% $65,660
Skincare Specialists 13.7% $31,290
Slaughterers and Meat Packers 0.6% $28,260
Spa Managers 14.6% $38,400

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Personal & Culinary Services?

875 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
62% Percent Women
33% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major is dominated by women with about 62% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of personal and culinary services majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Personal & Culinary Services Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 22
Black or African American 92
Hispanic or Latino 140
White 503
International Students 41
Other Races/Ethnicities 77

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Personal & Culinary Services, too. About 4.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Personal & Culinary Services Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in personal and culinary services have a median salary of $28,700 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $27,500 (25th percentile) and $29,100 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to personal and culinary services.

Salaries According to BLS

Personal and Culinary Services majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $28,660 to $57,620 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with personal and culinary services require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for personal and culinary services careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 13.1%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 30.9%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 21.2%
Some College Courses 7.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 14.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 11.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.8%
Master’s Degree 1.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.7%
Doctoral Degree 0.4%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.2%

Online Personal & Culinary Services Programs

In 2018-2019, 2,184 schools offered a personal and culinary services program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 2,820 11
Certificate (1-2 years) 2,926 13
Certificate (2-4 Years) 225 0
Associate’s Degree 853 16
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 2,820 11
Master’s Degree 2 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Personal & Culinary Services Worth It?

The median salary for a personal and culinary services grad is $36,190 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to personal and culinary services.

Major Number of Grads
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 107,442
Precision Production 57,435
Construction Trades 36,003
Transportation & Materials Moving 28,766

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