Hospitality & Tourism Courses


Human Services ICON100Hospitality & Tourism encompasses the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel-related services.

itshere200There should be a greater need for chefs and head cooks as the population grows and people’s incomes increase. It is becoming more common for consumers to demand healthier food at restaurants, cafeterias, and grocery stores, so experienced chefs will be needed to help prepare these meals. Recreation workers lead leisure activities in recreation facilities, including playgrounds, parks, camps, and aquatic centers. As more resources are put toward fighting childhood obesity, more recreation workers will be needed to help guide children through physical activities. The need for food service managers is expected to increase because people will continue to eat out during this time period, so managers will be needed to supervise food establishments.

Hopitality175Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster PDF

Middle School Courses

No Courses at this time

High School Courses

  1. Culinary Arts I & II: # 8275, #8276 (ACE)
  2. Food Science and Dietetics: #8239 (ACE)
  3. Baking and Pastry Specialization: #8279 (ACE)
  4. Event Planning and Tourism Marketing I and II: #8139, #8169 (ACE)
  5. Introduction to Culinary Arts: #8250
  6. Sports and Entertainment Marketing I & II: #8175, #8177
  7. Sports and Entertainment Marketing II Honors: #8177, #8177V

Do You Like To…

  • Help people have fun and feel at ease?
  • Get along well with other people?
  • Practice excellent active listening skills,
  • patience and empathy?
  • Pay attention to detail?
  • Communicate effectively with others?

Sample Careers

  • Restaurant, Food Service, Lounge, Casino, Coffee Shop, or Catering Owner, Operator or Manager
  • Hotel, Motel, Resort, or Bed and Breakfast Owner, Operator or Manager
  • Tour Company Owner, Operator, or Manager
  • Meeting and Convention Planner
  • Interpreter or Translator
  • Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Manager

High school certifications, licenses and related college majors:

High School/Industry CertificationsCertificate/LicenseCollege Degree Examples
NRA ServSafe- Food ManagerHospitality
NOCTI Culinary Arts Level I Prep CookLogistics Management
AH & LA Level 2 (Level 1 + Interm hours)Culinary Arts
Customer Service & Sales CertificationTourism
All CTE trade and industry classes offer the Workplace Readiness Skills Test

In-Demand Careers

Education NeededOccupationMedian SalaryJob Growth
Over next 10 years
Job Openings
Projected over next 10 years
High School
Diploma + Certification
Food and Beverage
Server and Related
$21,750 per year14% (Much faster than average)775,300
High School
Diploma + Certification
Lodging Managers$54,430 per year1% (Little or no change)600
High School
Diploma + Certification
Food Service Managers$55,320 per year11% (Much faster than average)38,500
Degree or more
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners$50,600 per year7% (Faster than average)9,600

Student Leadership Organizations
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education. The FCCLA helps students and teachers focus on a variety of youth concerns, including parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, sustainability, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career preparation in four specific Career Pathways.

Work-Based Learning
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is comprised of experiences related to students’ career interests, based on instructional preparation, and undertaken in partnership with local businesses or organizations. WBL enables students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world work environment. Work-Based Learning promotes Career Awareness, Career Exploration, and Career Preparation.

Career Ambassadors
The Career Ambassador Program offers high school seniors an opportunity to represent and share their experiences with career exploration and our CTE programs to prospective students and community supporters through elementary school Career Fairs, middle school Career Clubs, and district-wide events.


This episode explores the importance of the Hospitality & Tourism industry to Richmond and the state of Virginia. Part of that importance is finding the right people to work in the industry and Mr. Cario talked about the importance of young people starting their careers with Hilton and how Henrico Career and Technical Education helps them. Have a listen to this great interview and find out about the interesting building that became the Hilton Richmond. Life-time Richmonders will know what I am talking about. Click here to listen.