Hospitality & Tourism encompasses the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other foodservices, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services.
There should be a greater need for chefs and head cooks as the population grows and people’s incomes increase. It is becoming more common for consumers to demand healthier food at restaurants, cafeterias, and grocery stores, so experienced chefs will be needed to help prepare these meals. Recreation workers lead leisure activities in recreation facilities, including playgrounds, parks, camps, and aquatic centers. As more resources are put toward fighting childhood obesity, more recreation workers will be needed to help guide children through physical activities. The need for food service managers is expected to increase because people will continue to eat out during this time period, so managers will be needed to supervise food establishments.
Employment Projections: 2014-2024*
The Hospitality & Tourism cluster employed approximately 463,000 Virginians in 2014 and is expected to employ about 46,700 more in 2024, for a total of 509,700. Based on Trailblazers calculations using data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this represents about 10 percent growth over the decade, which exceeds the anticipated 6 percent average growth nationally among all occupations in this cluster. This cluster is also expected to have over 20,000 job openings within the commonwealth annually, which is the highest number of all clusters.