What Can I Do With My Hospitality and Tourism Managment Major?

Hospitality and Tourism Managment

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 AdministrationEvent/Conference Management, and Travel and Tourism, and Wedding Planning Management.

Career Paths for This Major

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.


Skills Developed Through This Major

  • 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

Sample Career Titles with this Degree

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
Lodging Manager  
Tour Guides  

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
Assistant Controller/Manager Bartender Butler/Housekeeper
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  


Sample Employers

Resorts and Spas Cruise Lines
Casinos Healthcare Organizations
Catering Companies Hotels/Motels
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

Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers

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.

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)


How to Increase Employability

  • 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.

Professional Association Links

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.

Employment Links

See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).


Aaron Conn
Sport, Recreation and Tourism Studies Department Chair

(603) 271-6484 x4143

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

Academic Advising
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4021
Fax: (603) 223-0785