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Hotel/Motel Administration

1,577 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
117 Master's Degrees Annually
#32 in Popularity
$58,960 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Hotel/Motel Administration Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many hotel/motel administration/management graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,387
Basic Certificate 558
Associate Degree 456
Undergraduate Certificate 166
Master’s Degree 80
Doctor’s Degree 10

What Hotel/Motel Administration Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, hotel/motel administration/management majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Majors

Hotel/Motel Administration/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/Motel Administration/Management Majors

When studying hotel/motel administration/management, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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/Motel Administration/Management Majors

As a hotel/motel administration/management 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Hotel/Motel Administration Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with hotel/motel administration/management:

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 Hotel/Motel Administration?

1,387 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
66% Percent Women
41% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 66% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of hotel/motel administration/management majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 135
Black or African American 104
Hispanic or Latino 283
White 622
International Students 167
Other Races/Ethnicities 76

Geographic Diversity

Hotel/Motel Administration/Management appeals to people across the globe. About 12.0% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Hotel/Motel Administration Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $58,960 to $62,270 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to hotel/motel administration/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.

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Some degrees associated with hotel/motel administration/management may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to hotel/motel administration/management have obtained the following education levels.

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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 Hotel/Motel Administration Programs

In 2019-2020, 151 schools offered a hotel/motel administration/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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 51 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 81 4
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 7 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Hotel/Motel Administration Worth It?

The median salary for a hotel/motel administration/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/motel administration/management.

Major Number of Grads
General Hospitality Administration/Management 10,363
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1,311
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1,031
Meeting and Event Planning 977
Other Hospitality Administration/Management 779
Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management 391
Resort Management 298
Casino Management 18
Brewery/Brewpub Operations/Management 5

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.

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