Hospitality Career Options

Hotel/Restaurant Management
Hotel and restaurant managers make sure that guests on vacation or business travel, or diners in a restaurant establishment, have a pleasant experience, while also ensuring that an establishment is run efficiently and profitably. Because hotels are open around the clock, evening and weekend work is common. Most hotel managers and restaurant managers work full time and are often on call. Positions in these two hospitality fields can take hotel and restaurant management professionals to work in popular tourist destinations, or graduating professionals of the program may find work at hotels and restaurants near their own home.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of hotel managers is expected to grow 8 percent by 2020, while restaurant management positions do not show a projected increase. Those with a college degree in hotel or hospitality management are expected to have the best job opportunities. Applicants can expect strong competition for most jobs.

Casino Operations
Casino Operations professionals serve customers in gambling establishments, such as casinos or racetracks. Some workers tend slot machines or deal cards. Others take bets or pay out winnings. Still others supervise gaming workers and operations. Most casinos are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Employees work nights, weekends, and holidays.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment in gaming services occupations is projected to grow 13 percent by 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be fastest for gaming dealers as more states legalize table games such as blackjack and roulette.

Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts graduates are trained for careers including chef, line chef, banquet chef, executive chef, baker, pastry chef and caterer. They often work early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays. Potential work settings include multi-unit chain restaurants, owner operated restaurants, four-star hotels, private country clubs, corporate food service and catering.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of culinary professionals is projected to experience little or no change by 2020. Although overall job opportunities are expected to be good, competition is expected to be high for jobs at upscale restaurants, hotels, and casinos, where the pay tends to be greater.

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