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Restaurant Careers

Career Options

A position in the restaurant and hospitality industry is more than a job. Statistics show that entry-level work often is a stepping stone to a long career. Nine of 10 salaried restaurant employees started out as hourly workers, and 80 percent of  restaurant owners began their careers as hourly restaurant employees.

Job Titles

Explore position descriptions and job titles for careers in the industry, including front- and back-of-house roles.

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Industry Profiles

Find inspiration from hard-working, successful restaurant professionals, including:

  • Leah Chase, chef-owner, Dooky Chase
  • Jessica Doerffel, Assistant Food & Beverage Director Elways at The Ritz-Carlton in Denver
  • Taki Sawi, chef-owner, Santorini Greek Kitchen, Indianapolis

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