April 16, 2024

What jobs can I get with a hospitality management degree?

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If you’ve been looking at academic pathways and you’re curious about Kansas State University Olathe’s hospitality management degree completion program, it's important to understand just how flexible this degree completion program is — and how it could be the right choice for you. 

“No matter what your career pathway looks like, studying hospitality management provides you with the skills you need to be successful in a variety of roles,” said Mollie Rohrbaugh, professor of practice in hospitality management. 

Here’s what you need to know. 

What is hospitality management? 

A hospitality management degree provides you with the skills you need to become a better leader or manager in lodging, restaurants, clubs, conference centers, event spaces, sales and human resources. 

This type of program is designed to provide you with a wide range of skills that will make you a more versatile, flexible employee. Whether you’re hoping to lead a team locally or you’d like a position that enables you to travel the globe, a hospitality management degree ensures that you’re ready for anything. 

At K-State Olathe, you’ll take courses that cover topics such as hotel and restaurant operations, cost controls in hospitality operations, sales and promotions, beverage management, service systems, revenue management, facilities management, human resource management, hospitality law, accounting, finance and advanced hotel operations. 

You’ll learn what it takes to shift your customer service from “good” to “great” and how you can make an impact on each client you meet. 

Who is the program for? 

K-State Olathe’s hospitality management degree completion program is designed for students who already have some college under their belt. 

"We don’t have anyone who comes in right out of high school,” said Rohrbaugh. “We have two basic groups of students. We have those who come through community college and are geographically tied to the area or want to be here. We also have students who may have attended college years ago. They may have decided not to complete their program at that time, but they’re ready now. No matter what a student’s educational background might be, there’s a place for them in our program, which is designed to help students complete their degrees no matter their stage of life.” 

This program is designed to support you regardless of your chosen career path, so let’s look at some of your potential job options. 

What industries can I work in? 

If you love to travel, try new things and make a difference, hospitality management could be the perfect choice for you. This degree is designed to provide you with a wide range of diverse skills that will enable you to work in a variety of environments. 

Potential job options include: 

  • General manager  
  • Director of events 
  • Revenue manager  
  • Director of rooms  
  • Director of sales  
  • Director of food and beverage 

In addition to these roles, you’ll learn the skills you need to work in a variety of operations, including: 

  • Hotels 
  • Restaurants 
  • Casinos 
  • Event spaces 
  • Country clubs 
  • Amusement parks 
  • Cruise ships 

Our hospitality management program is designed to ensure that you have what it takes to provide top-notch customer service while managing a brand and leading a team. No matter what your dream job looks like, we want to help support you as you launch your journey.

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If you’d like to learn more about the hospitality management bachelor’s degree completion program at K-State Olathe, reach out today to one of our student success coaches so we can answer your questions and help you explore your career opportunities. 

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