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The Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Industry Sector encompasses many different yet interrelated careers. If you enjoy working with different people on a day-to-day basis this could be the career industry for you. Students who follow this sector are eligible for positions throughout the world with great potential for advancement. Whether you have a passion for cooking, travel, sports, or nutrition, the following career paths will give you the education and experience necessary to become successful.

Career Pathways

This pathway focuses on three specializations centered on the science of food and its relationship to the health and well-being of individuals. It involves food from harvesting to consumption. With health concerns related to food and diet that are commonplace in the United States, people with knowledge and skills in food composition and preparation will be in high demand. Jobs which address the special needs of seniors and children are predicted to experience large growth as our population changes.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Dietary Aides
  • Dietary Chefs
  • Personal Chefs
  • Food Scientists
  • Food Product Testers/Tasters
  • Dietetic Technicians
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Food Product Developers

The paths in the Food Service and Hospitality Pathway prepare students for a wide range of careers in restaurants, hotels, clubs, schools, resorts, hospitals, and institutions. The pathway focuses on key aspects of the industry including sanitation and safe food handling, food and beverage production, nutrition, food service management, and customer service. A self-motivated person might also take these skills and open a catering or food service business.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Line Cooks
  • Sous/Executive Chefs
  • Food Stylists
  • Pastry Chefs
  • Bakers
  • Caterers
  • Wait Staff
  • Food Service Directors
  • Food Designers
  • Food Expediters

How would you like to spend every day at Disneyland? Not as a tourist, but as an employee of the theme park, helping others have fun. The Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway includes careers in lodging, travel services, eco-tourism, recreation, and event planning. This pathway appeals to students who enjoy working with people and are willing to acquire or already have excellent communication skills. With California being a popular vacation spot, career opportunities in this pathway are always plentiful.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Recreation Leaders
  • Event/Wedding Planners
  • Theme Park Staff
  • Flight Attendants
  • Concert Promoters
  • Travel Company Owner/Managers
  • Club/Resort/Hotel Managers
  • Travel Agents
  • Cruise Ship Staff
  • Interpreters/Translators
  • Sports Officials

Labor Market Information

The information below is just a small sample of the many great employment related resources available on the State of California website www.edd.ca.gov. We encourage you to visit the website and explore the available information.

Occupation Title Employment Levels in 2006 Projected Employment Level 2016 Projected Job Growth Percent of Job Growth 2008 Hourly ¹Mean Wage 2008 ²Weekly Mean Wage 2008 ³Monthly Mean Wage 2008 Annual Mean Wage
Amusement & Recreation attendants
34,600 40,600 17.3% $9.40 $376.00 $1,579.20 $18,950.40
Bakers
19,900 22,300 12.1% $12.90 $516.00 $2,167.20 $26,006.40
Bartenders
44,400 54,200 22.1% $9.87 $394.80 $1,658.16 $19,897.90
Chefs and Head Cooks
13,800 15,800 14.5% $21.27 $850.80 $3,573.36 $42,880.30
Concierges
2,600 2,800 7.7% $13.19 $527.60 $2,215.92 $26,591.00
Cooks, Fast Food
116,800 134,300 15.0% $8.78 $351.20 $1,475.04 $17,700.50
Cooks, Short Order
15,100 17,300 14.6% $11.05 $442.00 $1,856.40 $22,276.80
Dietetic Technicians
2,100 2,400 14.3% $14.49 $579.60 $2,434.32 $29,211.80
Dieticians
5,800 6,600 13.8% $28.61 $1,144.40 $4,806.48 $57,677.80
Flight Attendant
11,100 11,900 7.2% $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Food Scientist
1,100 1,300 18.2% $34.20 $1,368.00 $5,745.60 $68,947.20
Gaming dealers
11,500 13,100 13.9% $10.27 $410.80 $1,725.36 $20,704.30
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
22,700 26,700 17.6% $11.01 $440.40 $1,849.68 $22,196.20
Housekeeping & Janitorial Supervisors
25,900 29,400 13.5% $18.76 $750.40 $3,151.68 $37,820.20
Interpreters & translators
7,100 9,200 29.6% $21.15 $846.00 $3,553.20 $42,638.40
Meeting & convention planners
5,300 6,100 15.1% $24.74 $989.60 $4,156.32 $49,875.80
product promoters
14,100 16,600 17.7% $7.20 $288.00 $1,209.60 $14,515.20
Recreation Workers
39,700 44,800 12.8% $12.10 $484.00 $2,032.80 $24,393.60
Restaurant Cooks
94,900 118,000 24.3% $11.58 $463.20 $1,945.44 $23,345.30
Sports Officials
2,500 3,000 20.0% $16.22 $648.80 $2,724.96 $32,699.50
Travel agents
13,900 13,400 -3.6% $15.62 $624.80 $2,624.16 $31,489.90
Travel Guides
0.0% $15.67 $626.80 $2,632.56 $31,590.70
Waiters/Waitresses
234,300 287,100 22.5% $9.51 $380.40 $1,597.68 $19,172.20