Career Information


What jobs can I get? How much can I get paid?

Degrees and certificates in the Culinary, Pastry and Hospitality program may lead to the following jobs or careers:



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First-Line Supervisor of Food Prep/Service Workers

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Chef/Head Cook

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Food Service Manager

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Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: Dallas College​ Labor Market Intelligence


El Centro offers an online job board for culinary students. Questions? Contact

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex’s thriving tourist and convention businesses create strong demand for qualified personnel in a competitive food and hospitality industry.

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth of 30% for chefs and head cooks and 24% for food service managers through 2024. 

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 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.