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Food Service and Hospitality

For the good news, the food service industry has a large number of jobs and full-service restuarants made up for most of those jobs. The bad news is this industry provides some of the lowest wages. For some, employment in food service or hospitality though is a stepping stone or a means of part-time employment while in school. However, if you are passionate about the food service or hospitality field, listed are some positions you may find interesting. Be sure to note the salary and growth rate, along with education needed for each career.

Information pulled from: bls.gov/oes/highlight_foodanddrink.pdf

★ Dietician & Nutritionist | Bachelor's Degree | $56,230/year

Dieticians and nutritionists are experts in food and nutrition. This career field has a growth rate of 21%. Read our article Become a Dietician & Nutritionist for more information.

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Chef or Head Cook | Vocational Training | $56,230/year

Most of a chef's duties would be in the kitchen; you will oversee all functions, staff, and the daily food preparation at restaurants and other places where food is served. The rate of growth for the profession is 6%. Read our article Become a Chef for more information.

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Baker or Pastry Chef | Vocational Training | $41,500/year

Bakers make various types of breads, pastries, and other baked goods sold by grocers, wholesalers, restaurants, and institutional food services. The rise in employment is only 1.4%. Read our article Become a Baker or Pastry Chef for more information.

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Food Scientist | Bachelor's Degree | $58,100/year

A food scientist uses chemistry, microbiology, and engineering to study food. There is an 11% growth in this career field. Read our article Become a Food Scientist for more information.

Food Service Manager | Bachelor's Degree | $49,830/year

Food service managers are responsible for the everyday operation of restaurants and other food service establishments. There is a 2% growth rate in this profession. Read our article Become a Food Service Manager for more information.

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A lodging manager ensures that clients have an efficient and pleasant experience. In order to guarantee operations are run profitably and efficiently, a lodging manager must inspect grounds, public areas, and guest rooms for appearance and cleanliness. There is a 1% growth rate in this profession. Read our article Become a Lodging Manager for more information.

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This information was pulled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov).

Food Service and Hospitality - No Education Required

Many food service and hospitality positions are entry-level positions that require no higher education. Those off from school in the summer or simply looking for part-time work can generally find employment in the food service or hospitality area.

Listed are some food service entry-level positions:

  • food preparation
  • server (waiter/waitress)
  • cook - fast-food
  • host or hostess
  • dishwasher
  • food concession worker