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4 Responses to “What Can i do with a degree in Hospitality Management?”

  1. luvcnme4vr April 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    you can apply for management in the hospitality industry, namely hotels and the like. it’s a great degree for people who are outgoing and like to travel; i researched it a bit at a time when i didn’t feel like going to a university. but still, it’s an awesome and interesting degree, and itll take you places you never knew, i’m sure.

  2. james b April 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Two words: Ski Resort.

  3. neniaf April 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    There are a lot of jobs in the industry, ranging from restaurants to hotels, to resorts, to country clubs. The only problem is that most of the jobs are not well-paid. I got my undergraduate degree in that field, and I have to say that within about five years of graduation, most of my classmates had left the industry for more lucrative fields.

  4. dsagar April 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    This is an article I found on College Board:

    A multibillion-dollar segment of the economy, the hospitality industry is found everywhere and in many forms. Moreover, the primary divisions within the world of hospitality are themselves segregated into large and small segments. These range from roadside motels to nationwide hotel chains to world-class luxury resorts and spa retreats, and from casual dining to fine dining to specialty coffee bars and bagel shops.

    Casinos are doubtless the fastest-growing area of the hospitality realm. Hospitality entrepreneurs have nudged their way through every loophole in the antigambling laws passed by most state and local governments during Prohibition. Casinos now float freely up and down the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. They thrive on Native American reservations across the nation. And Nevada leads the states in population growth thanks to Americans’ overwhelming appetite for games of chance. A few lucky gamblers may be making it big, but no one is making it bigger than the hospitality industry. The explosion of gaming — and the entertainment venues, restaurants, and hotel rooms filled by gamblers — is the hospitality industry’s primary engine of growth. If you want to work in this booming sector of the industry, you’ll need to go where the money is: head for centers like Las Vegas, Nevada, or Atlantic City, New Jersey, or think about working for casinos that operate in smaller markets.

    Cruise ships are floating resorts which must meet every need of every passenger during a voyage. Therefore, they are very large and require extensive staffing to provide all necessary services. In addition to requiring employees in many of the occupations described in this article, cruise ships also employ an army of entertainment and activity directors. Some cruise ships spend a week or more at sea, others take shorter runs, and smaller cruise ships even host one-day parties and gambling events. Depending on which kind of cruise line you decide to work for, your time away from home could extend for weeks at a time. But beware: What they never showed on The Love Boat was that the living quarters for cruise-ship employees tend to be located in the least desirable parts of the ship, which are cramped and lacking in privacy. If you’re someone who needs your space and some peace and quiet, a job on a cruise ship may not be right for you.

    Convention facilities were, in the 1970s and 1980s, often the centerpiece of downtown redevelopment projects in large cities. There followed a boom in large conventions and trade shows around the country. Once squarely within the domain of hotels, convention services have become an industry unto itself. And it’s an industry that employs its own armies of chefs, catering managers, event planners, and program coordinators. A specialization in convention services can make you well qualified to find work in the convention departments of large hotels or in stand-alone convention centers.

    Hotel and motel chains serve every market in the country. You’ll find them alongside county crossroads in the farthest corners of the rural West and squeezed into the most crowded East Coast skylines. The hotel and motel market has been hit by a tidal wave of consolidation, as competition has been tough and the largest chains lean on their nationwide reputation to draw in customers who may be wary of spending the night under a stranger’s roof. Because of their national scope, hotel and motel chains also offer opportunities for advancement, though competition for top positions is tough.

    Clubs, spas, and leisure resorts are among the most glamorous and sought-after places to work in the hospitality industry, particularly among young and mobile hospitality specialists. Located in picturesque and exotic locations scattered around the globe, clubs, spas, and leisure resorts provide the highest level of service to the most prosperous and well-to-do consumers around. They consequently often pay higher salaries than other workplaces in the world of hospitality.

    Restaurants, cafés, and cafeterias are everywhere, and there are infinite possibilities for employment in these locations. Restaurants range from haute cuisine establishments with prix fixe menus to funky burger dives. They offer everything from the most basic down-home meat-and-potatoes fare to the latest in pan-Indian fusion. And they are operated on vastly different scales, from a small family business to a multinational chain. Although they tend to offer a somewhat narrower menu, cafés can also be run on a big scale (think Starbucks), or they can be local coffee-and-donuts spots. Cafeterias are often affiliated with organizations. For example, a large corporation may have a cafeteria designed to serve the employees in its suburban office park; or a school will have a cafeteria to serve lunch to its students. Generally speaking, more expensive restaurants are more likely to employ people with the titles of cuisine and executive chef and to offer opportunities for higher pay than less-expensive establishments.

    Reservation centers house the reservation agents who work for airlines, hotel chains, and car rental agencies. One of the advantages of working behind the scenes is that you won’t have to wear a uniform. Also, you’ll probably be free from the restrictions, such as bans on unconventional body piercings, that confine those who work face-to-face with the customer. On the other hand, reservation centers can be crowded and noisy. Keep in mind, too, that working intensively at a computer station can cause eyestrain and repetitive-stress injuries.

    Airports tend to make neat and clean work environments, and ticket agents may spend less time staring at a computer screen than do reservation agents. Be prepared, though, to spend most of the day on your feet and to keep a smile on your face even as you deal with angry and frustrated passengers.

    Airplanes are notoriously cramped; in addition to making for some pretty challenging serving conditions, it can also make for some pretty challenging passengers. And just wait until you have to serve drinks while the plane passes through turbulence. Flight attendants are prone to back injuries as well as other health problems stemming from irregular sleeping and eating patterns. You’ll also breathe in a lot of stale air, which can cause illness. Still, you’ll be treated to some of the best views a workplace can offer.

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