Hospitality & Tourism encompasses the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services. Jobs in this career cluster include travel agents who help people plan their ideal vacation, and chefs and bakers who prepare their own culinary masterpieces. Competition in this field is fierce. Employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is expected to grow rapidly as companies become increasingly widespread and are looking for opportunities to bring their employees together. Job seekers with a college degree in hospitality management or administration will have the best prospects.
- AH & LA Level One
- Workplace Readiness
Employment Projections: 2010-2020
The Hospitality and Tourism career cluster is projected to experience moderate growth between 2010 and 2020. According to estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), about 17.8 million people were employed in Hospitality and Tourism occupations in 2010, and employment is expected to grow to around 19.6 million by 2020. A portion of this growth will be making up for employment lost during the recession when the leisure and hospitality industry was particularly hard hit. The overall growth rate for the cluster is projected to be about average compared to other clusters at 10%.
The report Employment Projections for Hospitality and Tourism, 2010-2020 includes data on occupations growing faster that the nation average, pathways employment overview, occupations with the most job openings, and employment projections.
What They Make…
Occupations in this cluster and what they make in Virginia
|Occupation||Employed in VA||Typical salary1||Typical entry-level Education|
|Bakers||2,720||$17K–$37K||Less than high school|
|Bartenders||8,210||$16K–$32K||Less than high school|
|Chefs and head cooks||2,430||$25K–$74K||High school diploma|
|Dishwashers||11,660||$16K–$23K||Less than high school|
|Fast food cooks||7,580||$16K–$23K||Less than high school|
|Food preparations workers||19,630||$16K–$29K||Less than high school|
|Food service managers||2,960||$31K–$81K||High school diploma|
|Hotel desk clerks||6,660||$17K–$30K||High school diploma|
|Lodging managers||900||$29K–$90K||High school diploma|
|Meeting, convention and event planners||3,500||$27K–$79K||Bachelor’s degree|
|Recreation workers||11,670||$17K–$39K||Bachelor’s degree|
|Cooks, restaurant||27,770||$17K–$32K||Less than high school|
|Tour guides||1,460||$17K–$38K||High school diploma|
|Travel agents||1,620||$20K–$57K||High school diploma|
|Waiters and waitresses||64,360||$16K–$30K||Less than high school|