Hospitality and Tourism

Do you have great interpersonal and customer service skills? There are many jobs available in the hospitality industry and no two jobs are alike! Most careers in this industry will directly involve guest experiences.

Career Pathways

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Host & Hostess $10.08
Food Preparation Worker $11.83
Cook, Restaurant $12.60
Food Processing Worker $13.74
Cook, Institution and Cafeteria $14.08
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Chef & Head Cook $24.64
Meeting, Convention & Event Planner $24.83
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Dietitian (Nutritionist) $24.76
Food Service Manager $25.37

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Culinary Arts Baker School
Culinary Arts Okaloosa Technical College & CHOICE High School
Culinary Arts Crestview High School
Culinary Arts Niceville High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
Culinary Arts & Hospitality Okaloosa Technical College
Culinary Management Northwest Florida State College
Hospitality & Tourism Northwest Florida State College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
Global Hospitality & Tourism Management University of West Florida
Health Promotion University of West Florida
Health Sciences University of West Florida

IMPORTANT: In each potential pathway, the ability to transfer credits from one program level to the next is dependent on a variety of factors. Statewide articulation agreements may assist in these efforts but are not available for all potential career pathways. Ongoing guidance from academic career advisors and supervisors throughout your education and training pathway is recommended.

Note: Entrepreneurial skills are frequently incorporated in different Career Pathways programs to help students prepare to launch and contribute to successful enterprises of all types.

*Salary information source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics. The final education and wage rate is the decision of the hiring employer.

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