As long as there are leisure and business travelers, there will be a vibrant hospitality and tourism industry. Even during recessionary periods, there are travelers and therefore jobs for those who have a passion for people and service, which are at the core of this industry.
The Hospitality and Tourism Management Degree is designed to provide students with both fundamental business skills and to enable students to think strategically about the creation of value in a hospitality setting. Graduates from this program will have the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to advance to leadership opportunities in hospitality or tourism settings.
Visit NHTI’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Department for information on degree and course offerings. The following certificate options are also offered related to hospitality and tourism: Hotel Administration, Event/Conference Management, and Travel and Tourism, and Wedding Planning Management.
- Career Paths for This Major
- Skills Developed Through This Major
- Sample Career Titles with This Degree
- Sample Employers
- Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers
- How to Increase Employability
- Professional Association Links
- Employment and Internship Links
When you graduate with this major, you will have work options that are varied and that depend upon your specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands on experience in the field. Some sample career paths include food and beverage management, lodging management, casino management and travel/tourism management. Work settings can also be quite varied. For example, food and beverage management workers can work in hospital and school food service, government food service, fast food franchises and more. Advancement opportunities can vary by size and type of employer. For example, an associate degree can lead to management opportunities in a smaller or independent hotel while a large multinational hotel chain would see a candidate with a 4 year college degree.
- hospitality finance and development
- marketing and revenue management
- conference and special event planning
- tourism destination policy and promotion
- food and beverage operations
- IT skills for tourism
These titles include positions that you may qualify for with this associate degree ...
|Hotel Management||Restaurant Management|
|Concierge||Food service Managers|
|Hotel, Motel and Resort Desk Clerk||Supervisors of Food Prep and Serving Workers|
Sample positions below may require a bachelor’s degree and beyond. Degree requirements will vary by employer. Size and location of employer could play a role in degree requirements.
|Administrator||Airline Foodservice Manager||Airline Reservations Agent|
|Caterer||Catering Director||Certified Master Chef|
|Chef/Cook||Client Services Manager||College Housing and Food Service|
|Conference Coordinator||Convention Service Director||Cookbook Author|
|Cruise Ship Purveyor||Customer Service||E-Commerce Manager|
|E-Commerce Market Analyst||Executive Housekeeper||Facilities Manager|
|Fast-Food Chain Manager||Flight Attendant||Food & Beverage Director/Manager|
|Food Equipment Specialist||Food Production Manager||Food Purchaser/Broker|
|Foodservices Supervisor||Food/Restaurant Critic||Foodservice Manager|
|Foodservice Manager College/University/Corporate||Front Office Manager||General Manager|
|Golf/Country Club Manager||Healthcare Hospitality Foodservice||Hotel Manager/Supplier|
|Hotel/Convention Salesperson||Hotel/Motel Manager||Human Resource Administrator|
|Industrial Caterer||Industrial/Institutional Buyer|
|Resorts and Spas||Cruise Lines|
|Conference and Banquet Centers||Restaurants|
|Chambers of Commerce||Convention and Visitors Bureaus|
|Country Clubs||Schools and Universities|
|Motor Coach and Rapid Transit Providers||Tour Companies|
|Travel Agencies||Tourism Associations|
|Federal agencies, such as the National Park Service or U.S. Forest Service||Theme Parks/Amusement Centers|
|Airports/Airlines||Theatres and Stadiums|
There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing. Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’. Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.
- Travel Agents
- Flight Attendants
- Lodging Managers
- Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
- Food Service Managers
Additional sources of information for this major include:
- NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Hospitality and Tourism Management Department resources.
- Professionals who are working in the field
- Professional Associations (see below)
- Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship related to your targeted field.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations. You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members. You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member.
- American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)
- Association of Destination Management Executives (ADME)
- Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
- Event Service Professional Association (ESPA)
- Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
- Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)
- International Association of Conference Centers (IACC)
- International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE)
- International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA)
- International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFW & TWA)
- International Life Events Association (ILEA)
- Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
- National Association of Catering Executives (NACE)
- National Restaurant Association (NRA)
- Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
- Society for Hospitality and Food Service Management (SHFM)
- The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)
- Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA)
See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).
- NHTI Job Posting Site
- Event Planning Jobs
- Hospitality Careers
- Restaurant Jobs (Rcareers.net)
- Casino Careers