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Hospitality Management Career Outlook

A program that prepares individuals to serve as general managers and directors of hospitality operations on a system-wide basis, including both travel arrangements and promotion and the provision of traveler facilities. Includes instruction in principles of operations in the travel and tourism, hotel and lodging facilities, food services, and recreation facilities industries; hospitality marketing strategies; hospitality planning; management and coordination of franchise and unit operations; business management; accounting and financial management; hospitality transportation and logistics; and hospitality industry policies and regulations.

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Career Outlook

Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a Hospitality Management major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.


As a Hospitality Management major, students may develop or advance skills including customer service, critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving, time management, interpersonal, teamwork, leadership, effective communication, multicultural and global perspective, and solid decision making skills.


Graduates with a degree in Hospitality Management can work as conference center managers, catering assistants, event managers, fast food/restaurant managers, tourism managers, retail managers, guest services coordinators, front office managers, housekeeping directors, travel agents, public relations coordinators, meeting planners, game day coordinator, and entertainment managers.


Graduates with a degree in Hospitality Management can work within the following areas: hospitality, restaurant/food service, tourism/travel, sales, marketing, guest services, human resources, training and development, special events, sales/marketing, corporate administration, communications, sporting industry, and education.


Graduates with a degree in Hospitality Management can work for hotels, resorts, restaurants, food service providers, catering companies, amusement centers, historical, cultural and natural attractions, conference centers, tour operators, property management companies, transportation and travel industries, athletic organizations, airlines, cruise companies, car rental companies, newspapers, federal, state and local government.

Helpful Resources

Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your preprofessional and or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join and network with individuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.