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Food and Hospitality Careers


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

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
Median Annual
Est. % Job Growth Through 2022
Chefs and head cooks $18.95 $39,400 +19%
Food service managers $23.88 $49,700 +17%
First-line supervisors of food preparation workers & servers $14.70 $30,600 +13%