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Online Colleges: Hospitality and Culinary Degrees

Created by: MSG Randall High, U.S. Army (ret)

Hospitality & culinary programs offer veterans and servicemembers an education in service industry occupations and accommodate the use of military education benefits.

Military friendly hospitality & culinary colleges provide opportunities for veterans and active service members to study for a career in the service industry. This broad field includes a diverse range of occupations that include managers, security guards, desk clerks, gaming cage workers, chefs, food preparation supervisors and bakers. Occupations in the hospitality and culinary industries may involve demanding schedules due to the around-the-clock nature of the business. Workplaces in these industries include the following:

  1. Hotels, motels and resorts
  2. Casinos
  3. Restaurants
  4. Recreational vehicle parks
  5. Campgrounds

Generally, careers in hotel management or financial operations have some of the highest education requirements in the service industry: a bachelor's or master's degree in hotel, restaurant and hospitality management may be necessary. Such degrees usually take four or more years to complete. There are currently nearly 150 colleges and universities that offer such programs--many of which are military friendly hospitality & culinary colleges. Chefs, head cooks or food preparation supervisors generally need a degree from a culinary school, two- or four-year college, or technical school.

Beyond hospitality & culinary programs: salary potential

What lies beyond graduation, and which careers in the hospitality and culinary industries are likely to provide a reasonable salary? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a mean annual wage as of May 2009 of $53,500 for lodging managers, $51,400 for food service managers, $44,240 for chefs and head cooks, and $74,030 for gaming managers.

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This list does not include all schools that accept GI Bill funding or VA Benefits. For a more complete list of schools, click here.

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