Work in the Hotel Industry

What kind of job would you like?



If you want to work in the hotel industry, then you are going to benefit from some great news released February 16, 2006, by Reuters. They reported from Boca Raton, Florida, that corporate hospitality leaders are looking to increase hiring in the coming year.

What does that mean for you? If you are planning to market yourself to this exciting and ever-changing industry, then you have a lot of potential for success.

There are many occupations within the industry, so you will have a variety of positions to which you can market yourself. In addition, you will also have a wider base of opportunities for advancement if you are open to learning and willing to make lateral as well as vertical moves within the organization with which you are employed.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, service occupations make up approximately 65 percent of the industry's employment. Companies that employ workers vary in size from multi-national organizations to family-owned motels. The choice of which type of employer you prefer may, in part, be based upon where you want to work.

Where do you want to work?

Large hotels, resorts, casino hotels and similar businesses are typically located in big cities. Some jobs may be seasonal. Some will require specific qualifications. Much of that, of course, depends upon what you are seeking.

From front desk clerks to restaurant managers, work in the hotel industry provides a wide array of job choices. If you do not have a great deal of experience, you will be delighted to know that many employers hiring for positions at the entry-level are provided with on-the-job training.

Some positions within the hotel industry that might be of interest to you include:
  • Front office manager
  • Assistant banquet manager
  • Executive housekeeper
  • Spa and recreation director
  • Guest service agent
  • Bell captain
  • Convention planner
  • Reservations agent
  • Project Administrator
  • Housekeepers
  • Conference floor attendant
Of course, these are only a small sampling of the positions available within the hospitality industry. The list is long and diverse. There are many positions within the hotel industry that crossover to other industries.

Some of these include:
  • Marketing manager
  • Director of sales
  • HVAC mechanic
  • Accounting clerk
  • Driver
  • Administrative assistant
  • Loss prevention officer
  • Massage therapist
There are some differences that you will encounter if you work in the hotel industry. Because hotels and resorts are open 24 hours per day, shifts may vary from day to day and/or position to position. As already mentioned, seasonal fluctuations may affect the length of work shifts or the number of days worked. Overtime is certainly possible in peak seasons.

If you are seeking a management-level position within the hotel industry, you will likely be required to have an undergraduate degree in a hospitality-related field.

The hotel industry continues to change with the needs of travelers and business clients as well as with economic demands. There is a lot of potential for growth and success within the hotel job market in the months and years to come.

Is the hospitality industry for you?

To read about Occupations other than those in the Hotel Industry, click here


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