The job opportunities in the hospitality industry are exploding, with some areas expecting growth of more than 40 percent over the next few years. That is much faster than almost any other industry! Many of these positions are also quite lucrative. If you are considering going to hospitality school, but need a little extra nudge, check out our list of top jobs for hospitality school graduates.
Lodging managers are responsible for the daily operations of hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other lodging establishments. They coordinate budgets and staff and make sure guests enjoy their stay. Most large, full-service hotel chains require managers to have at least a bachelor’s degree, but graduates of hotel or hospitality management certificate programs can find positions in smaller hotels and other forms of accommodation. The median salary for lodging managers is about $47,000, and job opportunities are expected to grow about 8 percent over the next several years.
Food service managers
Food service managers plan and supervise the daily activities at restaurants. They hire employees, oversee food purchasing, make sure everyone is following safety and sanitation guidelines, manage budgets, and make sure that a restaurant’s customers have a pleasant dining experience. Most food service managers work in restaurants, though there are also jobs in hotels and even in schools. A certificate in food service management is not required, but it is preferred, along with a couple of years of experience. Salaries for these workers are around $48,000, and jobs are expected to open up in new areas, like grocery stores and recreational areas.
Chefs and head cooks
Graduates of culinary arts programs can become chefs and head cooks at restaurants or other food service establishments. These people develop recipes, plan menus, supervise staff, and oversee food preparation. Most chefs and head cooks work in full-service restaurants, while many more work in food service at hotels and other lodging establishments. The median salary is about $41,000, and employment is expected to remain steady through 2020.
Meeting, convention, and event planners
These are the people who coordinate meetings and events, like business conferences and weddings. They plan events, solicit bids from vendors, coordinate all of the different services (food, beverage, flowers, entertainment, etc.), and oversee event day. Although formal credentials are not required, most people prefer to hire event planners who have at least a diploma or certificate. On average, these people make close to $50,000 a year, and the job prospects are excellent—over the next several years, jobs in this field are expected to jump 44 percent.
These are just some of the many great jobs that await hospitality school graduates. In the next post, we’ll explore more top jobs in this large and growing field.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook.