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Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Management

43 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#95 in Popularity
$62,270 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many hotel, motel, and restaurant management graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 163
Associate’s Degree 103
Bachelor’s Degree 43
Undergraduate Certificate 30

What Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Management Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to hotel, motel, and restaurant management were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management Majors

A major in hotel, motel, and restaurant management prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management Majors

Hotel, Motel, 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.
  • 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.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Management Major?

People with a hotel, motel, 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 Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Management?

43 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
67% Percent Women
21% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 67% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 29
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management. About 7.0% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $58,960 to $103,330 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to hotel, motel, and restaurant management. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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, 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, motel, and restaurant management careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 9.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 20.3%
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) 1.8%
Some College Courses 7.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 16.6%
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. 1.6%
Master’s Degree 9.2%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.2%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 32.8%

Online Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Management Programs

In 2018-2019, 39 schools offered a hotel, motel, 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) 20 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 10 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 20 3
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 20 1
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Management Worth It?

The median salary for a hotel, motel, and restaurant management grad is $62,270 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 56% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $447,400 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
General Hospitality Administration/Management 10,831
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
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.

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