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What are the Top 5 Careers for a Hospitality Major? | Everglades University

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The world is your oyster with a career in hospitality. Not only does this field of study open doors in a broad scope of positions, but hospitality majors are needed all over the world. Earning your hospitality management degree from Everglades University is an excellent opportunity to get paid for doing what you love.

The hospitality industry involves so much more than serving drinks or making sure rooms are sparkling clean. While we agree that those things are needed, hospitality includes the ins and outs of running a business, marketing, directing events, and so much more. Working with people is a significant part of the job, whether it be with clients, vendors, or the general public.

Those with a hospitality major will find themselves in exciting and various careers that differ from the typical 9-5 day job. This industry is exciting, fun, and requires a different kind of schedule than the regular office career. Choosing to major in hospitality allows you to pursue this intriguing and unique career path.

Earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Hospitality Management allows students to receive an overview of the hospitality industry. Not only will students learn about the front-of-the-house issues, but they will also learn many of the business aspects that can make or break a hotel. The managerial and accounting classes, along with a good dose of customer service, helps all Everglade students in their future hospitality career. Learn more about the top 5 careers for a hospitality major that you could find yourself in after graduation:

Hotel Manager

Many of our graduates choose to enter the hospitality industry as a hotel manager. While these jobs can greatly differ depending on location and hotel size, most of them require a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. Hotel managers are often at the top of the chain when it comes to overseeing the establishment’s daily business and marketing issues. They are well-versed in customer service as well as taking care of the staff. Hotel managers are the boss when it comes to a hotel and often supervise many employees. 

Salary and Job Growth

Hotel managers can vary significantly in salary, given the location and size of the hotel itself. Hotel managers of smaller inns and motels located along an interstate will make less than the sprawling downtown hotels of a major city. The annual salary for a hotel manager can range from $55,000-$125,000 per year depending on location. While the current pandemic has slowed hotel growth and revenue, major cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. have the highest number of these jobs.

Operations Manager

Larger hotels require both a hotel manager and an operations manager that work in tandem. Operations managers are less involved with the public and more involved with day to day issues that involve staff, vendors and the facility itself. The operations manager works with managers across various departments to ensure that things go smoothly for optimum guest experience and hotel profitability. They also direct a large team of staff to ensure that everything within the building is in working order.

Salary and Job Growth

Again, larger hotels in major cities will offer a higher salary and a better benefits package than less frequented locations. Operations managers can make the same as hotel managers, with an average of about $55,000-$125,000 per year. Understanding mechanical systems and experience managing staff can help land a profitable career as well. 

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Director of Housekeeping

Clients are sticklers when it comes to room cleanliness while traveling (and rightly so!). When your stay involves personal preferences like pillow type, bathing, and dressing, you want the place to be clean. As the director of housekeeping, you would oversee all of the maids and cleaning staff that work day in and day out to keep the hotel spotless and shining. Cleaning schedules, managing supplies, and ensuring that no sheet is untucked are just some of the director of housekeeping’s responsibilities.

Salary and Job Growth

It is reported that the director of housekeeping position fetches an average of over $75,000 per year. These jobs are often labor-intensive in managing a large staff and network of vendors. With the additional cleaning restrictions due to COVID-19, housekeeping directors are even more critical in their role to keep all surfaces safe and sanitized

Casino Director

Working as a casino director is another exciting career that requires a bachelor’s degree in hospitality. Many hotels feature a casino within their building, and the two industries go hand-in-hand when it comes to providing excellent customer service. As casino director, you would need to know how to manage staff along with interacting with guests. Casino directors also must be highly skilled in all of the rules and regulations involving casino games, betting, and spotting cheaters.

Salary and Job Growth

Casino directors make an average of about $140,000 per year plus benefits. While you can find casinos in some major cities, like Las Vegas, most casinos are located either on riverboats or areas outside of cities. Gambling is both a fun and sometimes lucrative activity, making it an easy bet for job growth and the ease of finding a position.

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Food and Beverage Manager

Hotels often include some kind of room service, lobby bar, and dining establishment. Food and beverage managers control the flow of food, drinks, and supplies needed to run all of these services. Larger hotels often have multiple bars and areas where guests can dine and unwind. As a hospitality major, you will know how to successfully schedule all of the moving parts in the dining sector. Managing executive chefs, wait staff, and vendors is an important job that can greatly boost a hotel establishment’s overall profit.

Salary and Job Growth

Food and beverage managers significantly differ in their salaries based on the hotel size and location. However, hospitality majors can expect to earn an average of $55,000 per year, plus benefits in this position. The overall job growth is slower than other careers in this industry, at just 1% through 2029.

The hospitality industry includes a wide range of exciting and rewarding career opportunities. Earning your degree at Everglades University gives you the key to unlocking all of the potential that this career can bring. Due to all of our majors offered both on-campus and online, you can earn your degree sooner than you think in whatever is convenient for you. Learn more about earning your Bachelor of Science with a major in Hospitality Management by contacting our admissions office today.