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Online Students Can Now Enroll in the Hospitality Management –Degree Program

Hospitality is an ever growing, trendy industry.  Here at Bryant & Stratton College, we understand the need to follow the current industry trends, and to supply our students with the most current and in-demand degrees.  This is why we have added an AAS in Hospitality Management - Restaurant and Hotel Services degree.  This degree offers a broad educational approach to a career in the global hospitality industry. Samples of the classes you will be taking in the program include Principles of Hospitality Management, Technology in the Hospitality Industry, Hospitality Services Management and Convention and Event Management.

How do you know if you’ll like hotel or restaurant management? While ultimately you’ll know best what industry will suit you, below are some questions to consider:

  • Do those who know you say you’re a people person?
  • Are you a hard worker?
  • Do you have exceptional communication skills?
  • Do you love going above and beyond for strangers to make their day or experience better?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then a career in restaurant or hotel management might be right for you.

There’s a lot of flexibility in the restaurant and hotel services industries, which is a plus if you’re someone who wants options. If you choose a career path in one of these industries you could find yourself working in a variety of settings from hotels to the food and beverage industry, travel and tourism, entertainment and sport venues, resort and spa services or a casino.

But, the food and lodging industry is not all fun and folly. The dedicated professionals in these industries can be responsible for several areas of business including marketing, management, sales, operations and finance. Additionally, you are in charge of making sure guests have the best possible experience. Whether you are in the “front of the house,” interacting with customers and attending to all their needs or in the “engine room,” making sure everything is operating smoothly, this industry will keep you busy. But, for the people who have these jobs it’s all worth it when you’re able to help someone enjoy their vacation, their night out or celebrate a special occasion.

Another aspect to consider is the future of these industries. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, there’s good and bad news for those considering careers in food service and lodging. By 2024, employment of lodging managers is expected to grow eight percent, but employment of food service managers is expected to grow only 5 percent. There is a silver lining though. In both cases, those with a college degree in hospitality, restaurant or food service management can expect to have the best opportunities for employment.


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