We surveyed 330 research chefs to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical research chef. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a research chef?

Low

High

Working as a research chef typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a research chef?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a research chef typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a research chef?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a research chef.

Is being a research chef stressful?

Low

High

Research chefs tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a research chef?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a research chef.

How competitive is the workplace for research chefs?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for research chefs.

Does being a research chef require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for research chefs.

Are research chefs allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Research chefs are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do research chefs have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Research chefs tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a research chef physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a research chefs is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are research chefs exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Research chefs tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a research chef require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a research chef.

Does being a good research chef require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a research chef.