Career Scope in Food and Beverage Service

Food and Beverage Service can be called the backbone of the hospitality industry. It also is at the core of several other sectors such as catering and food production. It can be part of a large hotel or tourism business and it can also be run as an independent business. The Food and Beverage industry not only is at the core of the hospitality industry, but it is also one of the largest markets with some reports estimating the F&B market in India to be more than Rs. 2 lakh crores. The food and Beverage Department (F&B) is responsible for maintaining the high quality of food and service, food costing, managing restaurants, bars, Hotels, Airlines, Cruise Ships, Trains, etc.

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Food and Beverage Service- Educational Requirements

F&B is a specialization that comes under hospitality management. The course requires candidates to have passed class 12 with a minimum of 50% with English as a compulsory subject. There are courses that vary from six months duration certificate courses to three to four-year bachelor’s degrees especially as cooks, Operations Managers, Bakers, and F&B Management, etc. Candidates can opt for a diploma in food and beverage services. These come along with options to pursue masters in particular specializations too. For admission to top IHM’s, we have NCHM JEE 2020 entrance test, group discussions, and personal interviews for admissions. While applying for other colleges, it is recommended that you do a proper check on their affiliations, specializations, and feedback from alumni.

Career Scope in Food and Beverage Service- Required Skills

The food and Beverage industry is mostly defined by the output of its products and the professionals work tirelessly to gratify customers’ experience through their service. So there are some key skills an aspirant needs to possess for making a career in food and beverage services.

  • Passion for food beverages with sound knowledge of the latest trends in the food and beverage industry.
  • Management in diversity – Manage and work with a diverse staff from waiters to chefs to kitchen staff to cleaners.
  • He/she must be an excellent communicator.
  • He/she must possess a problem-solving attitude.
  • A number’s person- You cannot manage your food, beverage, labor, and additional costs if you are not good in math.
  • Exceptional organizational and inventory skills – You must know which area requires more attention and what products are good for the smooth operation of your hotel or restaurant.
  • Good sense of flavors- Taste is the most important sense and whether it is food or beverage, you must be very good in your tasting senses.
  • Passion for learning- You can only succeed and move to the upper level of your job position if you learn at every phase, each time everything new.

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Opportunities in food and beverage service:

Whether you’re a student ready for the real world or a professional seeking a career change in the food and beverage industry, there is a wealth of unique opportunities waiting for you in this field:-

  • Culinary Arts Instructor
  • Nutritionist
  • Research Chef
  • Restaurant Publicist
  • Winemaker

Salary in Food and Beverage Service:

Job roles


F&B Service Manager

6 to 8 lacs

Assistant F&B manager

5 to 7 lacs
Food and Beverage Supervisor

2 to 3 lacs


2 to 3 lacs

Head Chef

3 to 4 lacs
Cooking Teacher

1 to 3 lacs


1 to 2 lacs

Guest service associate

2 to 3 lacs

Sports Nutritionist

5 to 6 lacs

Indian Institutes for Food and Beverage Services

  • Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Chennai
  • Heritage Institute of Hotel & Tourism, IHM, Agra
  • Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Pusa, New Delhi
  • Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Lucknow

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DK. Singh

Heritage Institute of Hotel & Tourism
Agra & Shimla