A B.S. degree in Hospitality Management prepares students to work in one of the largest segments of the service industry. Employees in this field are involved in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating commercial and noncommercial foodservice and hotel / lodging operations. They are responsible for ensuring customer-oriented decision making with regard to food, beverage, and accommodation preferences, and for marketing services while controlling costs. Day to day activities in the field include: recruiting, hiring, and training foodservice and lodging employees; planning menus, meetings, and catering functions; purchasing food and lodging supplies, maintaining safety and sanitation standards, ensuring customer satisfaction; and responding to customer / community needs. The duties depend in part on the size and type of the organization.
Careers for professionals with a B.S. degree in Hospitality Management are: Hotel Manager, Restaurant Manager, Catering Director, Director of Food and Beverage, Club Manager, Event/meeting Planner, Foodservice Manager in a School, College, University, Amusement Park or Corporate setting, Healthcare Hospitality Foodservice Director, Manager in Senior Living and Nutrition Program, and Broker for the hospitality industry. International opportunities exist. Experience in the industry assists in creating a competitive advantage which will aid in more rapid advancement.
Restaurants, hotels, motels and resorts, schools and universities, contract management companies, and senior living facilities, hospitality operations at stadiums, and amusement parks, clubs, corporate settings, catering companies, and healthcare.
Employment opportunities directly related to Hospitality Management professionals are being influenced by demographics, global competition, and socioeconomic trends. Population growth, rising personal revenues, and increased leisure time will continue to increase the demand for lodging and meals outside the home. The projected increasing population of retires will increase the demand for hospitality and foodservice managers in healthcare facilities, retirement communities, and senior nutrition programs. Expanding foreign and domestic business travel and tourism will create a demand for more hotels, motels, and eating and drinking establishments.
Salaries will vary by size and type of employer, geographic location, coursework and related experience. Consult the Career Development Center for current, local and national salary information.