Careers in Food and Hospitality

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 and Projected Job Growth

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.

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects for the Dallas metropolitan area: 

Job TitleMedian Hourly WageMedian Annual SalaryEstimated Job Growth in Texas Through 2024
Chefs and head cooks $24.71
$51,400
+30%
Food service managers$30.30
$63,030
+24%