Hospitality and tourism are growth industries. Millions of people travel back and forth across the globe every year, both for business and pleasure. Regardless of their reasons for traveling, people expect a certain level of service and professionalism—a skill that is not obtained over night.
Most universities offer degrees in hospitality management, from bachelors to masters. Although the specifics for each school may vary slightly, the program requirements themselves are generally the same.
Students are required to take a variety of classes including; math, statistics, intro to hospitality management, hotel operations, food management, hospitality law, and corporate accounting. Like many other degree programs students can choose an area of emphasis; such as casino management, club management, hotel management, food management, and corporate and event management. With each of these areas comes a set of courses geared for each specialty. Foreign language is also highly encouraged as more and more people are traveling outside their native regions.
An important part of education process for those in hospitality management is an internship. This can be accomplished in a couple different ways. No matter where they are living there are sure to be local internship opportunities and professionals in the field to begin networking with. Another option is studying abroad. With hospitality schools around the world—including Germany and Switzerland, home to some of the top hospitality schools in the world—there are limitless opportunities for students to expand their education and future career prospects, as well as get first hand experience with those foreign language skills.
Upon graduation students will be equipped to work for restaurants, hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, and much more. Although they may start out as lower level, or assistant, managers, they will be in position to earn the experience they need to work their way up the ladder and one day be at the top.
Thanks to modern technology and the growing global tourism industry, travel can be more than just a hobby or a once in a lifetime opportunity. Hospitality management can help you see and experience the world in a whole new way.
contributed by Eve Steele, a reporter and blogger who covers education and careers for a variety of websites. She has written about everything from 4th grade math to graduate school programs as well as analyzing long-term educational trends.