Culinary Arts & Hospitality
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Beverage Service

If you enjoy a well made cocktail, making friends out of strangers, and earning a solid living doing it, a career in the Beverage Service industry could be a great fit.

Types of Degrees

Beverage Service students typically pursue an associate or bachelor's degree in hospitality with a specialization in beverage service. An associate degree (2 years) is usually less expensive per semester than a bachelor's degree (4 years). Associate degrees may allow you to enter the workforce sooner but sometimes with a lower starting salary than people holding a bachelor's degree or higher level of education.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Most hospitality and beverage service programs will look for prospective students to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in interpersonal communication as well as work experience in restaurants or bars. Scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are often required. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Beverage Service Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Beverage Service include:

  • Bartender
  • Sommelier
  • Food/Drink Service Manager
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a food service manager was $55,320 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and the employer.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.