Learn about Hospitality Careers

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Hospitality Careers

Careers in hospitality are exceptionally diverse and dynamic, in a vast industry with huge potential for advancement and growth. Thousands of large and small enterprises and organisations operate within the sector, and there’s an enormous variety of jobs ranging from trainee-level positions through to executive and managerial roles responsible for millions of dollars of business.

Australia’s world-class food scene

For job seekers who enjoy interaction and a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, Australia’s hotels, restaurants, cafes, clubs, pubs and venues offer increasingly attractive opportunities. Many are finding it’s a good time to be pursuing hospitality careers: Hotels and resorts are experiencing high occupancy rates and there is a steady upswing in the number of visitors coming from overseas, particularly from Asia. The outlook is also bright for Australia’s increasingly world-class food scene and there’s keen consumer interest in dining, cooking and produce, fired by intense media interest.

A strong demand for professionals

Right across the industry there is a strong demand for staff who can demonstrate a real understanding of customers’ expectations. Businesses want people who are professional and have a genuine passion for creating the memorable experiences that customers expect. With social media the new ‘word-of-mouth’, employers are looking for people who can create those experiences, inspiring customers to ‘spread the word’ and encouraging repeat business.

Rewards for experience and enthusiasm

The industry is a major employer in Australia with many roles for casual staff, managers and skilled professionals in accommodation, food services, tourism and events. Whether you’re the manager of a customer service team in a hotel or resort, a barista with an in-depth knowledge of coffee, or a chef in a hatted restaurant, it’s a field that demands a high level of professionalism, dedication and specialised skills. It’s also a sector that rewards experience and enthusiasm both in the kitchen and on the floor, and progression can often be built in to your hospitality career planning.

Create a long-lasting career

With employers keen to attract the best staff and foster the best possible teams for their business, conditions can be excellent. Stable rosters, career development and work-life balance can all be part of the package for the right candidates. If you’re experienced in your field and show passion and dedication, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to create a long-lasting career.

Jobs in hospitality include:

  • Bar Attendant
  • Bar Manager
  • Barista
  • Catering Manager
  • Chef
  • Chef de Partie
  • Commis Chef
  • Concierge
  • Event Planner
  • Events Operations Manager
  • Front Office Manager
  • Guest Relations
  • Head Chef
  • Hotel Manager
  • Operations/ Facilities Manager
  • Pastry Chef
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Section Waiter
  • Sommelier
  • Sous Chef
  • Waiter