FINANCE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

Culinary, Hospitality and Tourism

DO YOU ENJOY SEEING PEOPLE HAVING A GOOD TIME?

Check out careers in Culinary, Hospitality and Tourism.

What is it?

Culinary, hospitality and tourism is the business of recreation and entertainment. Hotels and resorts house people when they vacation or travel, focusing on their guests’ comfort and well-being. People like to go out to eat, and restaurants exist not only to feed people, but to give them a memorable experience. Venues like amusement parks, casinos and sports arenas provide their visitors with entertainment and great customer service.

What will I do?

As a hotel worker you will greet guests, attend to their needs, and make them feel comfortable away from home. Restaurant workers prepare unique meals, serve food to guests, and provide outstanding customer service. If you work in the entertainment industry, you will provide a special experience to your guests, knowing that they are there to have a good time and forget about their worries at home.

Leads to these jobs:

  • Caterer
  • Chef and Cook
  • Food Service Manager
  • Gaming Supervisor
  • Hotel Clerk
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Travel and Event Planner
  • Waiter and Waitress

Is this for me?

  • Strong people skills
  • Flexible schedule
  • Longer hours
  • Passion to make people happy
  • Attention to detail

Employer Spotlight: HOLLYWOOD CASINO JOLIET

We are the premier entertainment venue in the Joliet area, offering entertainment, casino gaming, dining, hotel rooms and meeting conference rooms.

Open 7 days a week with over 50,000 square feet, we have a tremendous need for hiring top-quality employees to manage our 1,100 gaming positions, 4 dining outlets, weekend entertainment offerings, and hotel and conference centers.

In-Demand Occupations in Illinois

Restaurant Manager

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $29,810
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 14%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 53,160

Chef & Head Cook

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $43,640
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 13%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 7,290

Meeting, Convention and Event Planner

  • Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Median Salary: $49,827
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 7%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 6,670

Source – Illinois Department of Employment Security, 2019

CULINARY, HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM @ JJC

Our faculty is composed of full-time, multi-certified instructors who have won
some of the most prestigious local, national and international awards and accolades, including a World Culinary Olympics gold medal. They take learning beyond the classroom, leading student competition teams and supervising student culinary clubs.

Learn more at www.jjc.edu/academics

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PURSUING CULINARY, HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM

talk to your school counselor or teachers about what next steps to take.

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