Food and Hospitality Career Information

What jobs can I get? How much can I get paid?

Degrees and certificates in the Food and Hospitality Institute may lead to the following jobs or careers:



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First-Line Supervisor of Food Prep/Service Workers

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Chef/Head Cook

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Food Service Manager

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Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

El Centro College offers an online job board for culinary students. Employers, you can submit your openings online. Questions? Contact

Why is This a Good Career Bet?

The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex’s thriving tourist and convention businesses create strong demand for qualified personnel in a competitive food and hospitality industry.

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth of 30 percent for chefs and head cooks and 24 percent for food service managers through 2024. 

Food service plays a major role in work at:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Resorts
  • Cruise ships and railway lines
  • Cafés and bistros
  • Bakeries and pastry shops
  • Catering businesses
  • Magazine test kitchens
  • Public and private schools, from elementary to university level
  • Grocery and specialty food stores
  • Institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes

Salaries vary widely according to the type and size of the food service operation. A large metropolitan area such as the DFW metroplex has more career possibilities than average, with higher salary ranges.