Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation


    The Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation industry sector includes California’s fastest-growing industries: travel, recreation, and food and hospitality. Nearly 900,000 jobs are directly supported by the travel industry, making tourism the state’s third largest employer; and the industry is expected to expand by more than 2 percent per year through 2014. Food service occupations, ranging from food production and service to the study of human nutrition and wellness, bring in over $970 million a day and account for 8 percent of jobs worldwide. The California restaurant industry is the largest employer in the state, providing 957,000 jobs, with annual projected sales of $51.5 billion and sales tax revenues of $4 billion. Students choosing a career in this industry sector are eligible for positions throughout the world, with potential for advancement and ready availability of continuing employment. To support this burgeoning sector, colleges and universities throughout California and the United States offer courses and degree programs in this field.

    This sector encompasses three distinct yet related career pathways: Food Science, Dietetics, and Nutrition; Food Service and Hospitality; and Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation. Each pathway includes a coherent sequence of courses, starting with a foundation course that leads to one or more concentration courses and a capstone course. The concentration courses focus on technical preparation, including career awareness and exploration, which is based on industry-approved curricula. The necessary knowledge and skills are acquired within a sequential, standards-based program that encompasses hands-on, project-based, and work-based instruction as well as leadership development, internship, mentoring, work experience, job shadowing, and cooperative career technical education.


    (with high school diploma)
    Youth Recreation Leader
    Hotel Guest Services
    Food Preparation Worker
    Food and Beverage Wait Staff
    Dietary Aide
    Food Product Tester
    Quality Control Technician
    Line Cook
    Food Expediter
    Bakery Helper
    Camp Counselor
    Recreation Leader
    Spa Attendant
    Front Desk Worker

    (with AA or AS degree or certificate)
    Food Inspector
    Dietetic Technician
    Food Production Chemist
    Food and Beverage Director
    Food Service Manager
    Food Designer
    Social Director
    Tour Guide/Manager
    Hotel Concierge
    Convention Planner
    Travel Agent
    Concert Promoter
    Event/Wedding Planner
    Flight Attendant
    Club Manager
    (with BA or BS degree)
    Registered Dietician
    Food Technologist
    Food Product Developer
    Sous/Executive Chef
    Food and Beverage Analyst
    Food Service Director
    Food Stylist
    Visitor & Convention Bureau Director
    Registered Dietician
    Non-Profit Association
    Museum Director/Curator
    Club/Resort/Hotel Manager
    Theme Park Director
    Convention Coordinator
    Travel Company Manager



    Regional Occupation Programs

    Food Services & Hospitality