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Hospitality and Tourism

Hospitality and Tourism

If you like travel and are intrigued by the idea of helping others explore the beauty, culture and cuisine of the world around them, you will want to check out the Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster.

This cluster introduces students to management, marketing and operation of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation and travel services.

This career cluster is organized into four career pathways:

  • Lodging
  • Recreation, amusement and attractions
  • Restaurants and food and beverage services
  • Travel and tourism


Students in agriculture, food and natural resources learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.

CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:

  • Restaurant, food service, lounge, casino, coffee shop, or catering owner, operator or manager
  • Hotel, motel, resort, or bed and breakfast owner, operator or manager
  • Tour company owner, operator or manager
  • Meeting and convention planner
  • Interpreter or translator
  • Tourism and travel services marketing manager

Note: Each school and school district has different CTE options. Not every district has classes in every cluster, nor does every district offer CTE dual credit and Advanced Placement options.

Career and Technical Student Organizations

Career and technical student organizations are much more than clubs. They provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and for applying career, leadership and personal skills in real-world environments. Participants build their skills by developing projects, attending events, and competing regionally and nationally.

The student organization for hospitality and tourism is Washington State Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Education After High School

It is fact that young people who have at least one year of post-high school education earn thousands of dollars more a year. So, if you spend even one year at a two- or four-year college, in a certificate program at a technical school, or in an apprenticeship after you graduate from high school, you will very likely earn higher wages all your life. By furthering your education, you will be better-prepared to successfully navigate the world of work.

After taking CTE classes in hospitality and tourism, you could pursue any number of opportunities including:

  • An apprenticeship as a restaurant manager, travel consultant or other careers in this field
  • A two- or four-year degree in hospitality and tourism at a community or technical college

Student Resources

Middle and High School
For information about your district’s CTE offerings and how to move forward with planning for your future, contact or visit:

Apprenticeship and College
More than 1,000 jobs in Washington are connected to an active, registered apprenticeship program. For more information about apprenticeships and colleges, visit:

Additional Resources


For Educators

Forms and Standards

+ CIP Codes
    Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Codes assist in tracking, assessment, and reporting CTE courses.
    CIP Codes for this cluster:
  • 120500
  • 120503
  • 120505
  • 128888
  • 310101
  • 520901
  • 520904
  • 520905
  • 521906
  • Comprehensive CIP Code Chart

For more information about this career cluster:
Mary Nagel
Program Supervisor, Family
and Consumer Sciences
(360) 725-6242

Lance Wrzesinski
Program Supervisor
Business and Marketing
(360) 725-6258

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