The hospitality industry is big business in New Jersey, where tourists pump more than $46 billion into the state’s economy each year (2019 data, NJ Division of Tourism and Travel). Bars and restaurants account for more than two-thirds of employment in the industry. The leisure and hospitality sector of our state’s economy employs over 11% of all private sector workers, and following a short-term decline, leisure and hospitality jobs across the nation are expected to rebound with above-average growth. (BLS projections 2020-2030).
NJ county vocational-technical schools prepare high school and adult students for culinary and hospitality careers. Students hone their skills in professionally-equipped kitchens, where they learn about all aspects of the industry, including food safety, global cuisines, nutrition, and management. Many of the schools operate their own student-run restaurants, which are open to the public.
Industry partners, including restaurants, hotels, food retailers, and caterers, enable students to gain work-based learning experiences to enhance their culinary training. Many graduates go on to prestigious culinary colleges and other post-secondary training, or straight into the workforce to contribute to the state’s thriving restaurant and hotel scene.
Why Culinary Arts and Hospitality?
- New Jersey is a destination for tourists seeking out its beaches and business travelers staying over and dining out
- Employs more than 14 million people nationwide
- Contributes $635 billion to U.S. GDP
- Expected to add more than 2.3 million new jobs by 2030
- Hourly earnings in the restaurant sector rising at more than double the overall private sector
- Leadership positions pay well above national median wage
Take a closer look at Culinary:
Career pathways in this area include:
Baker or pastry chef
Convention services manager
For Students And Parents:
To see what culinary arts and hospitality programs your county vocational-technical school offers, find your school.
For Adult Students:
To find culinary arts and hospitality programs at county vocational-technical schools near you, use the “Find Adult Career Programs” tool.
For More Information About Careers In Culinary Arts and Hospitality:
View videos on career pathways in the culinary arts and hospitality industry:
From US Department of Labor Career One-Stop:
Learn more about Prostart, part of the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, which certifies many of the culinary arts programs at NJ county vocational-technical schools.