Hospitality jobs are competitive and if you want to have an advantage in the job market as sommelier, having a sommelier certification will get you ahead. To get a certification, you need to have an intensive training from reputable schools or organizations.
Being a sommelier is an interesting profession; also known as wine waiter, a sommelier possesses a great understanding and in-depth knowledge of wine. Sommeliers are also known as professional working with wine, sake, water, tea and others. Part of sommelier’s duties and responsibilities are advising patrons wine choices according to their personal taste, needs, occasion, budget, wine and food pairing. A sommelier may also create drink list, select wines, stock management, maintain prices list and product presentation.
Originally sommelier worked in hotels and restaurant wine cellars and worked with Chefs in pairing wines and dishes. However, currently professionals who have sommelier certifications work in wine distributing companies, wine wholesalers, wine retailers, cruise ships, wine tasting rooms, wine sales, and wine teaching establishments.
How to get sommelier certification?
When selecting a sommelier training program, look for schools with programs either online or on campus which will help you to prepare for Certified Sommelier Examination.
Examination is available whole year round.
Job Prospects and Salary of Sommelier
As tourism and hospitality industry is expanding, although competitive, there are plenty of jobs available for sommelier, either in hospitality industry or wine industry. According to the most recent poll by the Guild of Sommeliers Salary Survey of 2014, the average salary for a Master Sommelier is $150,000 compared to the $78,000 for an Advanced Sommelier (from $30,000 to $78,000). According to to salary.com the median salary for Sommelier is $54,000.