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Top 10 Fastest Growing Hospitality Jobs

The hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. People are travelling more, and that means they need the services this industry offers more than ever. Since there are so many jobs to choose from, consider this list of the ten fastest growing ones.

See also: How to Become a Hotel Manager

1. Transportation

Transportation jobs include being a pilot, truck driver, bus driver, or taxi driver. From 2010 to 2013, employment opportunities in this sector have increased 6.1 percent. This is two percent more than the national average of job growth for other industries. The number of water transportation jobs such as cruise ship operators should increase 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, which should lead to about 92,000 new positions.

Salaries for the transportation industry can range from $22,820 for taxi drivers to $122,530 for air traffic controllers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2. Food Services

The food service sector includes wait staff and restaurant managers. This industry should experience growth from 2012 to 2022 with 321,400 jobs in 2012 and a projected increase of 5,100 job opportunities of in 2022. The potential salary for food service managers is approximately $47,960, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

3. Lodging

With so many options for employment in the lodging sector, there’s something for everyone with any level of education and experience. Options include guest services, housekeeping and management. This sector expects growth from 2012 to 2022 with a projection of 60,000 jobs. Salaries range from $28,630 to $94,780 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

4. Spa and Relaxation

With wellness being at the top of many people’s priority list due to its health benefits, the spa and relaxation sector of the hospitality industry is expected grow. Massage therapists, skincare specialists, and managers are possible employment options. Salaries are dependent on experience and education, and can range from $55,203 to $324,069 a year, according to Hcareers.

5. Event Planning

For those interested in management positions, event planning is perfect. It’s possible to work in many settings such as in museums, production, non-profits, or in your own home. The areas that will see the most growth are:

  • Performing arts and sports
  • Support services
  • Business organizations
  • Grant services
  • Museums

Event planners’ salaries can range from $25,940 to $82,060, depending on the place of employment and location in the United States.

6. Food Preparation

Chefs and head cooks work in restaurants, on cruise ships, and in homes. Salaries depend on experience and education level. By 2022, growth of this sector of the hospitality industry should lead to about 121,400 employment opportunities. Food preparers start making $19,300 a year.

7. Sales Management

Sales managers in the hospitality industry should expect to see a growth of 8 percent by 2022. This should lead to an increase of about 390,000 jobs. Most sales managers need a bachelor’s degree with experience selling products and services. Sales managers’ salaries range greatly because they depend on performance. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average salary is $105,260 a year. 

8. Bartender

Bartenders make drinks for customers. This job is perfect for someone with a high school diploma or less. Job opportunities should increase by 12 percent, which is faster than average compared to other jobs in the United States. By 2022, there should be over 610,000 bartending positions. Bartenders work for tips, which increase with experience and location of employment. The average salary for bartenders in 2012 was $18,900 a year.

9. Tour Guides and Escorts

Tour guides and escorts provide information and show people popular tourist attractions. According to Recruiter, the demand for these types of jobs should increase 5.56 percent annually through 2018, leading to 13,210 new jobs. Tour guides and escorts can make anywhere from $17,200 to $37,800 a year.

10. Recreation

Recreation workers work for parks, camps, and senior centers. The employment growth is faster than average with an increase of 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, leading to about 49,000 more positions. Education and training may be required depending on the setting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, recreation workers in 2012 earned approximately $22,240 a year.

See also: Top 10 Skills Needed for a Job in Hospitality

Many positions in the hospitality industry are perfect for those with or without a higher education. What’s even better is that most of the settings for these opportunities have room for growth, making them worthwhile career options.

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