What Does a Career in Food and Hospitality Industry Entail?

Food and Hospitality careers provide many opportunities for employment and include many different abilities for the reentrant. Individuals can work in food preparation, serving, cleaning, hosting, beverage services, janitorial services, and customer service.

Individuals can work in airports, hotels, resorts, care facilities, catering, sporting venues, spas, and within the cruise ship industry.

Types of Jobs

  • Cook/chef
  • Wait service
  • Housekeeping
  • Host/hostess
  • Bellhop
  • Concierge
  • Reservations agent
  • Front desk
  • Cruise ship attendant
  • Travel agent/tour guide


  • Educational requirements vary significantly based on the job
  • Some positions may provide on-the-job training, while others may require a college degree
  • Certification in a trade area may improve your chances of job security
  • Certification from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) or Foodservice Management Professional Certification may be helpful for a career in the culinary arts


Food + Hospitality Vocational Training

  • Click here for a list of culinary schools by state.
  • Click here for online culinary school options.
  • Click here for hospitality training.
  • Click here for information on the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) certification.
  • Click here to learn more about ServSafe®
  • Accredited Schools
  • Penn Foster (Catering)
  • Penn Foster (Hotel/Restaurant Management)
  • Also See


  • Second Chance Companies – Culinary

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