Wine Industry Jobs
Even though working in the wine industry sounds alluring and - let's face it - fun, many wine careers offered require education, certifications, years of experience, and an extensive knowledge of wine that isn't acquired simply by drinking large quantities of wine.
Although winemaking and other production jobs sound appealing, it can require years of schooling, a serious passion and dedication for wine, a meticulous eye and years of experience. One does not become a winemaker on a whim, but it can be a fulfilling and exciting career for the right individual.
If you prefer outdoor work, perhaps a vineyard job would be the right choice. The type of jobs range from entry level to highly skilled, but typically either previous work experience or some schooling will be required. Picking grapes isn't quite the same as gardening; it truly is a scientific art form.
Moving on to the business aspect of the wine industry, the sales and marketing avenue may be your path.
If sales aren't your thing, maybe the numbers game of the wine biz is for you. Finance and accounting opportunities have picked up in the industry as businesses in general continue to grow. As with any other finance or accounting gig, a four-year degree will be required as well as some type of internship experience.
Hospitality and retail jobs are abundant with the ever-growing wine industry. Whether you want to be a wine tour guide or simply work in a wine retail shop, these are terrific entry level positions to get your start in this industry.
General administration positions exist in this industry as much as any. There is still a need for winery receptionists and administrative assistants. And while it may not initially be a dream job, it may be the foot in the door that takes you to the next level.
Finally, if nothing else, Wine Business reports that the 2007 salary report for those in the wine industry saw an overall 3.8% increase in salaries. An increased pay in a recession? I'll take it!