Bachelor’s Degrees

The hospitality industry has changed considerably over the years. Travelers are becoming more sophisticated, and their needs and desires when they are away from home have changed as well. You won’t be required to just have good people skills, critical thinking ability and a knack for problem solving to work in this field anymore. When you go to school to learn more about and prepare for a hospitality careers, you will also be studying the specific skills and abilities required for the work that interests you.

When people talk about earning a “college degree,” they are typically referring to a bachelor’s degree, according to the WorldWideLearn Web site. These degrees may be earned at a four-year college or university, and generally require 120 to 128 credits or semester hours. Many four-year colleges and universities accept the credits students have earned for their associate degrees from accredited community and junior colleges as part of their work required for a bachelor’s degree.

For students who have already earned an associate degree in a hospitality-related field, or for those who are just beginning to consider post-secondary education, a bachelor’s may be a natural next step to expanding your skill set and professional options in the industry. In hotel, restaurant and hospitality management, for instance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that these establishments are increasingly turning to people with four-year degrees to help see that an operation runs smoothly. “Graduates of these programs are highly sought by employers in this industry because of their familiarity with technical issues and their ability to learn related skills quickly.”

Your bachelor’s degree can prepare you for work in multiple branches of the hospitality industry, including casino management, club management, tourism, and convention and event management. If your school does not offer a major specific to hospitality, you might still be able to find a related field to study, such as business, sales, marketing, communications or public relations.

Students earning a bachelor’s, or undergraduate, degree generally must complete general education courses, elective classes and a series of upper division courses in their field of study. You can earn your degree at an on-campus institution, or you may choose to study online. Online degrees have grown in popularity over the years, and offer benefits such as being able to study at home when your schedule allows.

When you have hopes of moving your way up the ranks of the hospitality industry, a more advanced degree is a good option to consider. While some people have managed to advance their careers through hard work and considerable on-the-job experience, a degree can also give you the edge you need and move you along more quickly. Not only can you speed up your personal timetable, but you can greatly increase your earning potential as well.

Last Updated: 05/23/2014


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