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Hospitality Management

12,264 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
838 Master's Degrees Annually
#41 in Popularity
$62,270 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Hospitality Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many hospitality management graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 12,283
Associate’s Degree 3,248
Basic Certificate 2,515
Undergraduate Certificate 1,155
Master’s Degree 838
Graduate Certificate 116
Doctor’s Degree 39

What Hospitality Management Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to hospitality and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Hospitality Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Hospitality Majors

A major in hospitality prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Hospitality Majors

As a hospitality major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Hospitality Management Major?

People with a hospitality degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Business Professors 18.0% $83,960
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Food Service Managers 9.0% $54,240
Gaming Managers 2.2% $74,700
Gaming Supervisors 3.9% NA
Lodging Managers 4.0% $53,390
Loss Prevention Managers 8.0% $107,480
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 10.9% $49,370
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480
Security Managers 8.0% $107,480
Slot Supervisors 4.1% NA
Supply Chain Managers 8.0% $107,480
Travel Guides 5.6% NA

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management?

12,283 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
70% Percent Women
33% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
Hospitality Management runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #41 out of all the undergraduate majors we track. In 2018, about 12,264 graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in this field. The major attracts more women than men. About 70% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of hospitality majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Hospitality Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 879
Black or African American 871
Hispanic or Latino 1,795
White 6,512
International Students 1,494
Other Races/Ethnicities 732

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Hospitality. About 12.2% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam

How Much Do Hospitality Management Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of hospitality management students with a bachelor’s degree is $34,400 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $30,625 (25th percentile) and $38,625 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to hospitality.

Salaries According to BLS

Hospitality majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $58,960 to $103,330 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with hospitality may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for hospitality careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 25.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.6%
Some College Courses 10.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 34.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.3%
Master’s Degree 6.8%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.6%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.4%
Doctoral Degree 7.9%

Online Hospitality Management Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 647 schools offered some type of hospitality management program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 295 29
Certificate (1-2 years) 238 16
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 474 31
Bachelor’s Degree 13 5
Post-Baccalaureate 295 29
Master’s Degree 63 18
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 13 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Hospitality Management Worth It?

The median salary for a hospitality grad is $62,270 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 56% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $447,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to hospitality.

Major Number of Grads
Business Administration & Management 399,810
Accounting 107,851
General Business/Commerce 58,413
Finance & Financial Management 56,960
Marketing 49,179
Human Resource Management 26,853
Business Support & Assistant Services 19,248
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 18,282
Management Information Systems 14,578
International Business 10,536
Entrepreneurial Studies 8,522
Business/Managerial Economics 6,727
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 6,711
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5,750
General Sales & Marketing 5,673
Real Estate 5,183
Construction Management 3,375
Insurance 2,316
Taxation 1,888
Business/Corporate Communications 1,088
Telecommunications Management 48

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