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Combine your passion for food and knack for business into a rewarding career. The food and beverage industry is ideal for people who enjoy creating guest experiences and working in high energy environments.

Food and beverage managers are responsible for a wide array of business operations. Generally speaking, they are responsible for coordinating the kitchen, dining room, and catering/banquet operations in order to deliver an enjoyable dining experience to guests.

Food for thought: the restaurant industry employs nearly 10% of California’s workforce and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. In fact, 145,900 new restaurant jobs will be added to the state over the next decade. A degree in hospitality management will set you apart from the competition and launch your career in one of the world’s largest industries.

Management positions in food and beverage:

  • Regional manager
  • General manager
  • Assistant manager
  • Executive chef
  • Sous chef
  • Sommelier
  • Caterer
  • Banquet manager
  • Director of operations
  • Menu development
  • Director of purchasing
  • Director of training

It is important to note that many food and beverage managers are awarded significant bonuses based on their performance.

Traveler accommodation


Special food services


Full-service restaurants


Elementary and secondary schools


Limited-service eating places


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Ladders

Entry Level (High School Diploma)

Technician/Associate (Associate Degree or Certificate)

Professional (Bachelor Degree)

Short Order Cook

Baker’s Helper


Dining Room Attendant




Food Service Manager

Specialty Cook


Executive Chef

Sous Chef

Catering Chef

Food Service Director

Food & Beverage Analyst


  • Restaurants employ about 1,426,800 people in California
  • There is a 9.9% expected job growth in restaurants by 2021 or 141,200 more jobs
  • Restaurant jobs represent 10% of employment in California
  • 2011 restaurant sales in California were estimated to exceed $61.6 billion
  • In 2009, there were 62,280 eating and drinking places in California
  • The restaurant industry is one of the nation’s largest private sector employers with 12.8 million employees.
  • $1.7 billion: Restaurant-industry sales on a typical day in 2011
  • 1.3 million: Number of positions the restaurant industry will add in the next decade

National Restaurant Association Link