5 Jobs That Hospitality Employers are Begging to Fill in 2012
by Angela Rose, Hcareers.com
The newspapers, a seemingly endless string of campaign ads, and your Google news feed may be overflowing with negative data on the U.S. economy, but as the old saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining. If you’re planning a career in hospitality, that glimmering thread is comprised of a wealth of job openings.
According to a survey conducted by ManpowerGroup earlier this year, employers in the leisure and hospitality industries expected to increase their workforce by an average of 14 percent during the first quarter of 2012 alone. Data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show they added 1,381,000 jobs during the first half of the year – and it appears that they will continue to add more.
This need for qualified hospitality workers has been easy to see on the Hcareers.com job board. We observed a 35 percent increase in hospitality jobs posted in 2011, and the upward trend continues this year. While thousands of positions are available, five in particular represent the desperate workforce needs of the hospitality industry. Consider the following jobs these employers are begging to fill in 2012, based on our job postings for the first six months of the year.
#1: General Manager
Hotels and restaurants are in dire need of general managers. This position represents the most frequently posted job opening on Hcareers. It also tends to be one of the highest paying roles. According to the BLS, the median annual pay for a restaurant general manager is $48,130, though the top ten percent earn more than $80,410 per year. Salary data collected by Glassdoor shows a similar average pay range for hotel general managers.
#2: Sales Manager
The sales manager is the second most frequently posted position on Hcareers. Usually found in hotels, this is another role with high earning potential. Recent data reveals the average salary for a hotel sales manager is about $57,651 though some report earnings as high as $80,000 plus per year.
#3: Director of Sales
The director of sales is another frequently posted hospitality position. Generally found in hotels, this professional is responsible for overseeing the establishment or corporation’s sales and marketing plans. A position with greater seniority than sales manager, salaries average $140,000 according to Glassdoor data.
#4: Sous Chef
Sous chefs are also in great demand within the hospitality industry. This position is the fourth most commonly posted job on Hcareers. Analysis of salary data shows an average pay of $45,994 per year for sous chefs, though workers have reported salaries in excess of $60,000.
#5: Executive Chef
The role of executive chef is not only included in the top five jobs with highest demand on Hcareers, it’s also one of the top paying restaurant jobs – and about as high up the ladder as any professional can go in the kitchen. The BLS reports that the median annual pay for an executive chef is $40,630 though the top ten percent earn more than $70,960 each year.
If you have restaurant or hotel experience and a relevant degree, you could be well on your way to meeting the requirements for one of these in demand and lucrative positions. We encourage you to check Hcareers.com frequently for openings posted by some of the top hospitality employers in the country as well as tools and tips to help you with your job search.
About the Author
Angela Rose researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for Hcareers.com.