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General Hospitality Management

7,233 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
594 Master's Degrees Annually
#11 in Popularity
$58,960 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Hospitality Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many general hospitality administration/management graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 7,233
Associate’s Degree 1,484
Basic Certificate 1,092
Master’s Degree 594
Undergraduate Certificate 404
Doctor’s Degree 20
Graduate Certificate 4

What General Hospitality Management Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to hotel and restaurant management 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 Hotel & Restaurant Management Majors

Hotel and Restaurant Management majors often go into careers in which the following 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Hotel & Restaurant Management Majors

hotel and restaurant management majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • 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.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities for Hotel & Restaurant Management Majors

Hotel and Restaurant Management majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a General Hospitality Management Major?

People with a hotel and restaurant management degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Food Service Managers 9.0% $54,240
Lodging Managers 4.0% $53,390

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

7,233 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
72% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 72% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of hotel and restaurant management majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Hotel & Restaurant Management Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 559
Black or African American 485
Hispanic or Latino 1,124
White 3,688
International Students 999
Other Races/Ethnicities 378

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Hotel & Restaurant Management. About 13.8% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do General Hospitality Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $58,960 to $62,270 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to hotel and restaurant management. 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.

Median Salary for a General Hospitality Management Major  ( 58960 to 62270 )
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Some degrees associated with hotel and restaurant management 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 hotel and restaurant management careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 16.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 37.0%
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) 3.2%
Some College Courses 14.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 25.8%
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. 2.4%

Online General Hospitality Management Programs

In 2018-2019, 441 schools offered a hotel and restaurant management program of some type. 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) 110 14
Certificate (1-2 years) 98 10
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 214 21
Bachelor’s Degree 5 2
Post-Baccalaureate 110 14
Master’s Degree 40 13
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 7 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in General Hospitality Management Worth It?

The median salary for a hotel and restaurant management grad is $58,960 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 48% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $381,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to hotel and restaurant management.

Major Number of Grads
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 2,948
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1,473
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1,260
Meeting and Event Planning 1,036
Other Hospitality Administration/Management 787
Resort Management 355
Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management 339
Casino Management 13

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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