Industry Spotlight: Hospitality

Industry Summary

Do you love making people feel at home? Do you dream of hosting fantastic events where you’ve planned every detail from the food to the table cloths to the entertainment? Are you calm under pressure with great organizational skills? If so, a career in hospitality could be the right fit for you! There are a huge variety of roles within the hospitality industry. You could work at the front desk of a hotel, plan banquets and events, manage a spa, or supervise operations at a restaurant. People who excel in the hospitality industry are organized and great at paying attention to detail.

The following information is intended to help you navigate through your journey toward a hospitality career. Learn how to find the right path for you, and the education you’ll need to follow that path.

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Entry-Level Occupations

Entry level occupations require training beyond a high school diploma but less than a college degree. Training for these roles typically requires a non-degree certificate or credential, associate’s degree, or apprenticeship program. If you are interested in pursuing an automotive career, consider the following roles.

Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks:

  • Median Salary: $21,960
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 690

Customer Service Representative:

  • Median Salary: $34,230
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 7,270
There are training programs in the St. Louis Region for all of these roles. 
Salary and projected openings data pulled from Career One Stop:

To search all Hospitality training programs listed on Blueprint4Careers,

Next Steps

It’s important to think about your long term plans as you embark on your career in the automotive industry. The recommended RYEC endorsed programs are just the first step in your journey. You can further propel your career by obtaining additional credentials and a bachelor’s degree. Below are some roles that you could consider as long term goals.

Next Occupations: (Typically require a bachelor’s degree or higher)

  • Lodging Manager
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

Top Regional Employers: 

  • Marriott International, Inc.
  • Aramark Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.
  • Penn National Gaming, Inc.
  • Drury Hotels

Career Ladder

Here is a sample career ladder you can use to help plan your future.

Current High School Students

Are you looking for opportunities to learn about these jobs while in high school? Reach out to a counselor in your school. Also, check out these resources available: 

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