What Jobs Can I Get with a Hospitality Management Degree?

Posted on November 23, 2016  in  [ Business & Management ]

Did you know? By earning a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, you can prepare for a wide variety of careers. In this degree program, you will learn how to oversee day-to-day operations of an establishment and provide excellent customer service. Therefore, you can succeed in many different settings. Here are just some of the many hospitality management jobs you can prepare for with a hospitality management degree:

Hotel Manager

One of the most common hospitality management jobs you can pursue is becoming a hotel manager. In this role, you will be responsible for the daily management of a hotel and its staff. You will oversee budgeting and financial management, planning and organization. In addition, you will direct all hotel services, such as making reservations, food and beverage operations and housekeeping (“Hospitality Management,” 2015).

As a hotel manager, you will set an example for other staff members and ensure that every hotel employee delivers quality service to guests. While managing the business side of the industry is significant, making customers happy is just as, if not more, important.

Event Organizer

Do you have a passion for planning events? Earning a hospitality management degree can prepare you to excel as an event organizer. With your knowledge of management practices and customer service, you will have the expertise to turn great ideas into a reality. Event organizers are needed to plan conferences, fundraisers, product launches and social events of all kinds (“Hospitality Management,” 2015).

If you choose to pursue this career, you may find yourself working for an event management company or as an event planner for an organization. Or, you may even have the opportunity to be a freelance event organizer. Overall, the communication and teamwork skills you gain in your hospitality management degree can prepare you to become a top event organizer!

Food Service Manager

Food service managers are responsible for the operation of restaurants and other establishments that prepare and serve food and beverages. If you enjoy working in a lively, fast-paced environment, this may be the career for you. In addition to ensuring the establishment you work for is making profit, you will also be responsible for creating a positive reputation for the company.

Customer service skills are essential for this role, as your customers are the ones who will keep the establishment you work for in business. Therefore, it is important to keep your customers at the center of everything you do. In your hospitality degree program, you will take courses in hospitality, food and beverage service and operations and revenue generation for hospitality. Therefore, you will be prepared to succeed in this career!

Tour Manager

Do you enjoy sightseeing? With a degree in hospitality management, you can become a tour manager in a variety of locations. Tour managers have detailed knowledge about a particular area, allowing them to guide others and inform them about the location through their tours. For example, you may share your knowledge of the history of a location, as well as the culture of those who live there.

When giving tours, it is important to create a memorable experience for guests. Therefore, the customer service skills you learn in your hospitality management degree will come in handy. In addition, your organization skills can help you to ensure that everything runs according to plan, from welcoming guests, taking them through the tour to sending them off to their next destination. All in all, this can be an exciting and rewarding job!

The Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University is guided by servant leadership, ethics and entrepreneurism. To learn more about GCU’s business degree programs, visit our website or request more information by using the button at the top of this page.

Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a communications degree at GCU.

References:

  • “Hospitality Management.” (2015). Retrieved from prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/hospitality-management

Lauren Abraham

Lauren Abraham is a senior at Grand Canyon University studying communication with a minor in marketing. She was born and raised in Phoenix and enjoys living in the Valley.
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