HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT
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Combine your passion for food and knack for business into a rewarding career. The food and beverage industry is ideal for people who enjoy creating guest experiences and working in high energy environments.

Food and beverage managers are responsible for a wide array of business operations. Generally speaking, they are responsible for coordinating the kitchen, dining room, and catering/banquet operations in order to deliver an enjoyable dining experience to guests.

Food for thought: the restaurant industry employs nearly 10% of California’s workforce and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. In fact, 145,900 new restaurant jobs will be added to the state over the next decade. A degree in hospitality management will set you apart from the competition and launch your career in one of the world’s largest industries.

Management positions in food and beverage:

  • Regional manager
  • General manager
  • Assistant manager
  • Executive chef
  • Sous chef
  • Sommelier
  • Caterer
  • Banquet manager
  • Director of operations
  • Menu development
  • Director of purchasing
  • Director of training

Salaries
It is important to note that many food and beverage managers are awarded significant bonuses based on their performance.

Traveler accommodation

$55,010

Special food services

$52,890

Full-service restaurants

$51,210

Elementary and secondary schools

$46,810

Limited-service eating places

$43,080

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Ladders

Entry Level (High School Diploma)

Technician/Associate (Associate Degree or Certificate)

Professional (Bachelor Degree)

Short Order Cook

Baker’s Helper

Server

Dining Room Attendant

Host/Hostess

Caterer

Baker

Food Service Manager

Specialty Cook

Chef

Executive Chef

Sous Chef

Catering Chef

Food Service Director

Food & Beverage Analyst


FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Restaurants employ about 1,426,800 people in California
  • There is a 9.9% expected job growth in restaurants by 2021 or 141,200 more jobs
  • Restaurant jobs represent 10% of employment in California
  • 2011 restaurant sales in California were estimated to exceed $61.6 billion
  • In 2009, there were 62,280 eating and drinking places in California
  • The restaurant industry is one of the nation’s largest private sector employers with 12.8 million employees.
  • $1.7 billion: Restaurant-industry sales on a typical day in 2011
  • 1.3 million: Number of positions the restaurant industry will add in the next decade

National Restaurant Association Link