Human Services
Human Services

Hospitality and Food Service


Benton Harbor High School
Niles High School

Career Opportunities Include:

· Baker
· Caterer
· Food Preparation Worker
· Inventory Control
· Purchasing
· Wait Person

GRADES: 11-12

Class Description

The Hospitality Food Service Program (Pro Start) offers careers in food service and hotel lodging. Students are involved in activities that include tours, business and industry speakers, job shadowing, internships, and career exploration and awareness.

Content Areas

· Safety/Sanitation Issues
· Culinary Arts
· Customer Service
· Restaurant Management
· Wait Staff

Career Outlook

Food and beverage serving and related workers are the front lines of customer service in restaurants, coffee shops, and other food service establishments. These workers greet customers, escort them to seats and hand them menus, take food and drink orders, and serve food and beverages.

Job openings are expected to be abundant through 2012, reflecting substantial replacement needs.

Food and beverage serving and related workers derive their earnings from a combination of hourly wages and customer tips. Earnings vary greatly, depending on the type of job and establishment.

In 2008, median hourly wages (including tips) of waiters and waitresses were $8.01.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2007-2008 Edition.