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Careers with a Hospitality Management Degree

September 17, 2012

Online Hospitality Management DegreeIs your smile ready? Then it should light up knowing that the hospitality industry is one that has a ton of room for growth and is filled with glamour, perks and excitement. Over 13.6 million people work in the hospitality industry in various positions according to and these jobs tend to grow as the economy recovers. The hospitality industry has a positive economic outlook over the next several years.

You can improve your chances of getting one of these sought-after jobs by getting an online hospitality management degree. Getting a degree online enables you to work full-time and go to school full-time, so neither one has to suffer. Before online school, many people in the hospitality industry found themselves unable to find classes that could work with their schedule.

You can get an entry-level hospitality position such as a bellhop or hotel desk clerk without a degree, but to move into a really big role like a convention or meeting planner or a general manager, you need a degree. If you are already working and you worry about finding the time to go to school and manage your job at the same time, then you want to consider an online hospitality management degree. Most online programs allow you flexibility around when you have to go to class, which is very important if you are in the hospitality industry. You may need to work some nights and weekends, and even holidays, but if you like to be busy and meet a lot of great people, then this is a great career for you. Many people work in the hospitality industry just for the perks.

Free hotel stays anywhere in the world? Check. Discounted travel airfare, rental cars and cruises? Check. Upgrades to some of the best suites that exist in hotels? Check. According to Career Builder, the hospitality industry is ripe with perks of being in the ‘biz.’ There are not many careers where your boss probably makes in the six figures and you also get access to the best of the best in different hotels and destinations around the world.

The trade-offs of working nights, weekends and holidays seem small when you look at the median salary of a hotel manager (not even a general manager) in Phoenix, AZ is $95,000 according to With that kind of cash, plus free stays in partner hotels, discounts on airfare and rental cars so steep you might even get them for free – that leaves a lot of extra money to burn. Well, why don’t you go shopping in the town of your choice?

Here are some other careers you can get with a hospitality management degree:

  • Hotel Manager
  • Hotel General Manager
  • Convention/Events Manager
  • Spa Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Travel Agent
  • Event Planner
  • Wedding Planner
  • National Parks Hotels Manager

These are just some of the great careers you can step into with a degree in hospitality management. With a college education, you can often step into a role with even more responsibility since you have gotten a lot of experience through your degree. Don’t settle for an entry-level job. Hospitality management classes are interesting and engaging. College overall is a lot better when you take classes in something you enjoy. If hospitality is something you want to pursue, then go for it.


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