Hotel Management Careers

Highly successful hotel managers are natural-born leaders and salespersons that see themselves as “PR” representatives of their hotel employer, while duly overseeing a sizeable staff. Additionally, they often take an active role in the marketing of their hotel. Most start their careers as assistants hotel managers, and those who advance quickly do so largely in part of their work-study experience acquired while pursuing their hotel management degree. Those with hotel management degrees have a much higher chance of being placed in well-paying positions at full-service hotels.

Employment Opportunities

Hotel management professionals may work in a number of positions, including:

  • Hotel general manager
  • Guest services specialist
  • Lodging manager
  • Event coordinator (or catering director/manager)
  • Hotel human resource manager


Hotel management professionals need to be:

  • Highly organized
  • Natural leaders
  • Quick problem-solvers
  • Willing to work late & weekends
  • Able to interact with others around-the-clock

Industry Spotlight

Though growth in hotel management is supposed to be average over the next eight years, there are always openings for hotel management professionals with the proper training, work-study experience and exceptional customer service skills.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008