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Food and Hospitality Careers

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Food service plays a major role in work at:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Resorts
  • Cruise ships and railway lines
  • Cafés and bistros
  • Bakeries and pastry shops
  • Catering businesses
  • Magazine test kitchens
  • Public and private schools, from elementary to university level
  • Grocery and specialty food stores
  • Institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes

Job Titles and Descriptions

America’s Career Infonet and the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook gives detailed information about the skills, abilities, work activities and recommended education for jobs in fields using skills which can be learned in the Food and Hospitality Institute, which may include:

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

Salaries vary widely according to the type and size of the food service operation. A large metropolitan area such as the DFW metroplex has more career possibilities than average, with higher salary ranges.

According to America’s Career Infonet, salaries and estimated increase for jobs in Texas are: 

Job Title Median Hourly
 Wage
Median Annual
 Salary
Est. % Job Growth Through 2022
Chefs and head cooks    $19.51 $40,600 +19%
Food service managers $22.98 $47,500 +17%
First-line supervisors
 of food preparation workers & servers
$13.64 $28,400 +31%