Top 5 Hospitality Careers

 

With more and more people taking vacations or traveling for business, hospitality is becoming a more profitable and popular career choice. But what are the top jobs in the hospitality field? And how does one pursue them?
Believe it or not, a career in hospitality can be extremely lucrative, especially if you have your degree and/or the proper licenses and certification required for the position. Some fields require a longer term education, whereas some programs can be completed in as little as six months. In this article we will take a brief look at the top hospitality careers.

 

Executive Chef/Pastry Chef

As the head chef you would oversee the kitchen staff, create and plan the menu, keep stock of inventory, create daily specials, etc. The required amount of schooling can be from 6 months to over 4 years, depending on your specialty. This encompasses on-the-job training as well. An executive chef can earn up to a five or six figure salary depending on the venue. Potential jobs include: cruise, hotel, and banquet or restaurant executive chef.

 

Gaming/Casino Dealer/Manager

With the boom in casino development, there is an increased need for casino staff. Casino managers and dealers can earn a hefty salary, which can also vary by venue/location. Of course you must have the proper training/licensing for your position and education/training requirements vary by casino/venue.

 

Hotel Manager

As the hotel general manager you would be in charge of all operations regarding the staffing, property management, administration and finances of the hotel property including room rates, publicity, and customer service. Training may take from 6 months to 2 years and salaries vary by location/venue. If you are willing to relocate, this could be a very lucrative career, especially if you chose to work at a five-star resort or hotel.

 

Travel Agent

Even though a lot of people tend to book flights and hotel reservations online these days, there is still a great need for travel agents. A lot of people prefer the personal approach, especially when planning a group or corporate outing.

 

As a travel agent you would be responsible for suggesting and planning the travel itinerary, travel arrangements (reservations, special requirements, etc), accommodations, and phone/email inquiries. Most agencies simply require a high school diploma, but more and more these days, higher end travel agencies require additional training in travel as well as business and management.

 

Meeting/Event Manager

As the event manager you would coordinate all events and meetings for corporate or personal events from business meetings and conventions to weddings and banquets. This includes budget, entertainment, transportation, equipment, advertising, technical details, guest speakers, menu and other such activities. The training required for this ranges from six to twelve months with one-the-job training. You could either work for a company as their special event manager or you could work for a convention center/event venue.

Written by Shenoa Gittins

Shenoa is the Operations Manager and co-owner of RAM Training Services.
You can connect with Shenoa Gittins via Google+ and Facebook.

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