Hospitality Management Careers

Hospitality Management Careers

Hospitality management careers span a wide range of focus areas and industries such as hotels and resorts, clubs and memberships and meetings and events. Highly skilled managers with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management continue to be in high demand across the hospitality industry. In addition, Oregon — and particularly Portland, Oregon — is a strong growth and career advancement region for those wanting hospitality management careers.

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What’s the Job Outlook for Hospitality Management Careers?

Even though the hospitality industry is diverse and vast, three critical areas are the ones to watch for growth trends. These include lodging managers, meeting, convention and event planners, and food service managers. Based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these three areas are predicted to grow 5% to 10% nationally over the next decade, which is at or above the national average for all industries/jobs.

Lodging Managers

  • Median Pay (as of 2015) = $49,720 nationally
  • Estimated growth in the industry = 8% (2014 – 2024) & Oregon numbers show a greater job growth than the nation at 13%
  • Projected annual job openings = 1,300
  • Those with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management had the strongest prospect for job opportunities

Meetings, Convention and Event Planners

  • Median Pay (as of 2015) = $46,840
  • Estimated growth in the industry = 10% & Oregon numbers show a greater job growth than the nation at 17%
  • Projected job openings (nationally) = 2,180
  • Most meeting, convention and event planning positions require a bachelor’s degree

Food Service Managers

  • Median Pay (as of 2015) = $48,690 nationally
  • Estimated growth in the industry = 5% (2014 – 2024) & Oregon numbers show a greater job growth than the nation at 18%
  • Projected annual job openings = 7,710
  • Those with several years of work experience in food service and a degree in hospitality, restaurant or food service management will have the best job opportunities

Data was collected from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook as well as O*Net Online data provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Sample Job Titles for Hospitality Management Careers

Hospitality management careers offer various opportunities within the hospitality industry from hotel and restaurant managers to convention coordinators. Here are commonly found job titles for those holding a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management:

  • Events manager
  • General manager
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Front office supervisor
  • Marketing and sales coordinator
  • Director of maintenance
  • Restaurant manager
  • Food and beverage manager
  • Catering sales manager
  • Executive housekeeper
  • Event organizer or planner
  • Customer service manager

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