Hospitality

Service to others is about more than a smile.
Business isn’t just about products, it’s also about selling an event, a moment, or an experience.
Give someone the taste of a new flavor, the relaxation of a massage, the answer to computer problems, or the joy of a dream wedding. In the South Central Kentucky, there are a number of diverse businesses looking for your skills, including many locally owned or dedicated to the growing tourism in the region, where you can gain the experience to take charge of your career and move up in your pathway.

Top 10 Highest Demand Positions In Hospitality

( South Central Kentucky )

  • Combined Food Preparation/Serving Worker (Including Fast Food)
Minimum Required Education: HSD/GED/OJT/STT Average Annual Salary: $18,400
  • Cashier
Minimum Required Education: HSD/GED/OJT/STT Average Annual Salary: $19,500
  • Cook (Fast Food)
Minimum Required Education: HSD/GED/OJT/STT Average Annual Salary: $19,900
  • Food Preparation Worker
Minimum Required Education: HSD/GED/OJT/STT Average Annual Salary: $20,000
  • Cook (Restaurant)
Minimum Required Education: OJT/PSE/Associate’s Degree
Average Annual Salary: $21,000
  • Stock Clerk/Order Filler
Minimum Required Education: HSD/GED/OJT/STT Average Annual Salary: $24,300
  • Waiter/Waitress
Minimum Required Education: HSD/GED/OJT/STT Average Annual Salary: $24,700
  • Retail Salesperson
Minimum Required Education: HSD/GED/OJT/STT Average Annual Salary: $25,800
  • First-Line Supervisor of Food Preparation/Serving Worker
Minimum Required Education: HSD/GED Average Annual Salary: $31,100
  • First-Line Supervisor of Retail Sales Worker
Minimum Required Education: HSD/GED  Average Annual Salary: $35,600
HSD: High School Diploma OJT: On-the-Job Training, PSE: Post-Secondary Education STT: Short-Term Training GED: General Educational Development *Higher level of education preferred

Data Source Chumra JobsEQ®

Hospitality in South Central Kentucky

Hospitality Career Pathway

Bachelor’s Degree
Lodging Manager
Marketing Director
Meeting, Convention & Event Planner
Social & Community
Service Manager
Human Resources
Information Technology

AVERAGE ANNUAL EARNINGS:
$44,500 – $100,000

Associate’s Degree
Front Desk/Sales Manager
Executive Chef
Pastry Chef
Restaurant Manager
Events Planner

AVERAGE ANNUAL EARNINGS:
$30,000 – $90,000

OTJ Training / Post Education
Kitchen Management
Sous Chef
Maintenance Technician
Spa Services
Golf Course Maintenance
Executive Housekeeper

AVERAGE ANNUAL EARNINGS:
$18,000 – $50,000

High School Dipolma / GED
Dining Room/Cafeteria Attendent
Bartender Helper
Dishwasher
Desk Clerk
Hosts/Hostesses
Server
Maid/Housekeeper

AVERAGE ANNUAL EARNINGS:
$17,000 – $22,000

Data Source Chumra JobsEQ®

By the Numbers

Numbers based on 1,143 seniors in the Spring 2017 graduating class.

%

Graduated with an industry credential

%

Graduated with NCRC

%

Graduated with 6 or more post-secondary credits.

Resources

Resources to start building your pathway are available throughout the community and through educational certifications. Local schools are just one of many resources, and in the surrounding area these programs and career models are offered. See what’s available at your school.

Career Pathways Offered at Area High Schools:

  • Agri-biotechnology (Warren Central)
  • Animal Science Systems (Greenwood, Warren Central, Warren East, South Warren)
  • Culinary & Food Services (Bowling Green, Warren East)
  • Culinary Arts (Warren Central, South Warren)
  • Food Science & Processing Systems (Warren Central)
  • Horticulture & Plant Science (Greenwood)
  • Hospitality (Greenwood)
  • Hospitality Services (Warren East)
  • Hospitality, Travel, & Tourism (Warren Central)

Get In Touch

For more information about how you can get involved with our talent initiatives, please email or call:

Meredith Rozanski, COO
meredith@bgchamber.com
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
270-781-3200