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Careers in Food and Hospitality

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.

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects for Texas: 

Job Title Median Hourly
Median Annual
Est. % Job Growth Through 2024
Chefs and head cooks $20.81$43,280+30%
Food service managers$26.74$55,620+24%