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: OJT Average Annual Salary: $19,200

  • Waiter/Waitress

Minimum Required Education: OJT Average Annual Salary: $19,300

  • Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge and Coffee Shop

Minimum Required Education: OJT Average Annual Salary: $19,900

  • Childcare Worker

Minimum Required Education: HSD/GED/OJT/STT Average Annual Salary: $19,900

  • Food Preparation Worker

Minimum Required Education: OJT Average Annual Salary: $21,600

  • Cook (Restaurant)

Minimum Required Education: OJT
Average Annual Salary: $22,500

  • Cook (Institution and Cafeteria)

Minimum Required Education: OJT Average Annual Salary: $24,200

  • Personal Care Aides

Minimum Required Education: HSD/GED/OJT/STT Average Annual Salary: $25,500

  • First-Line Supervisor of Food Preparation/Serving Worker

Minimum Required Education: HSD/GED/PWE Average Annual Salary: $28,900

  • First-Line Supervisor of Retail Sales Worker

Minimum Required Education: HSD/GED/PWE  Average Annual Salary: $35,800

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

$44,500 – $100,000

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

$30,000 – $90,000

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

$18,000 – $50,000

High School Dipolma / GED
Dining Room/Cafeteria Attendent
Bartender Helper
Desk Clerk

$17,000 – $22,000

Data Source Chumra JobsEQ®

By the Numbers

Numbers based on 1,277 seniors in the Spring 2019 graduating class.


Graduated with an industry credential


Graduated with a career preparatory of completer program


Graduated with 6 or more post-secondary credits.


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 in your community.

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, South Warren, Warren Central)
  • Food Science & Processing Systems (Warren Central)
  • Horticulture & Plant Science (Greenwood, South Warren, Warren Central, Warren East)
  • Hospitality Services (Warren East)
  • Hospitality, Travel, & Tourism (Warren Central, Greenwood)

Get In Touch

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

Meredith Rozanski, COO
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce