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 and Hostess $12.09
Food Preparation Worker $13.38
Cook, Institution and Cafeteria $14.26
Cook, Restaurant $14.61
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planner $22.76
Chef and Head Cook $31.97
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Dietitian (Nutritionist) $32.00
Food Service Manager $35.48

Training Pathways

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

Find Out More

To find out more about Middle and High School Career Academies in Okaloosa County, please contact April Branscome at (850) 833-5858, or submit this form:

To find about more about Next and Later education and traning programs, please contact our partners.

For more information about career and technical education in Okaloosa County middle and high schools, please visit

Explore other careers in the area…

Architecture and Construction

Arts, AV & Communication

Business and Professional Services

Engineering and Technology

Health Sciences

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety and Security, Education and Training


Transportation Distribution & Logistics

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.