Culinary Arts & Tourism

The hospitality industry is big business in New Jersey, where tourists pump more than $37 billion into the state’s economy each year. The leisure, hospitality and retail trade sector of our state’s economy employs almost 25% of all private sector workers.

Culinary arts programs for high school students and adults are in high demand at NJ county vocational-technical schools. Many of the schools operate their own student-run restaurants, which are open to the public.

Thanks to our industry partners, many of the programs include real-world work experience at area restaurants. Many of our graduates go on to prestigious culinary colleges and other post-secondary training, or straight into the workforce in the state’s thriving restaurant and hotel industry.

Here are some of the career pathways in this industry:

  • Baker
  • Chef
  • Event planner
  • Pastry chef
  • Tour guide
  • Caterer
  • Convention services manager
  • Hotel/restaurant management
  • Restaurant owner
  • Travel agent

For students and parents:

To see what culinary arts and tourism programs the county vocational-technical school in your county offers, find your school.


For adult students:

To look for specific culinary arts and toursim programs at county vocational-technical schools near you, use the “Find Adult Career Programs” tool.


For more information on careers in this industry:

Check out videos on various career pathways in these fields under “Hospitality and Tourism” at NJCareerConnections.

O*Net Online has comprehensive information on all types of jobs, including surveys that help people find careers they might enjoy.

Many NJ county vocational-technical schools’ culinary arts programs are certified by Prostart, part of the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. This web site additional information about careers in the culinary industry.