Hospitality career


In the last post, we looked at four great jobs for hospitality school graduates: lodging managers, food service managers, head chefs and cooks, and meeting, convention, and event planners. In this post, we’ll explore some more, and more unique, opportunities in the hospitality field.

Travel agents and travel and tourism managers

Travel agents arrange and sell transportation, lodging, and other products to individuals, families, and groups. They plan tour packages, calculate travel costs, and book reservations, but the most valuable part of their job for the client is the personalized advice they give based on the client’s travel needs and wishes. Today many travel agents work for online booking agencies. Most employers prefer to hire agents with both formal education and experience in the travel industry. Top travel agents earn more than $50,000 per year (the median is about $32,000), and like in all travel-related positions, job opportunities in this field are expected to increase.

Travel and tourism management covers a wide range of job opportunities, from managing a travel agency to running a tour company and even managing tourism marketing campaigns. These workers command salaries around $45,000 and, again, jobs in this area are growing exponentially.

Gaming and casino managers

Gaming managers and supervisors hire employees and oversee operations in designated areas, like the blackjack tables or the slot machines. Casino managers are responsible for the operations of the entire casino. A hospitality management certificate and experience in the field is usually required for employment in these positions. Gaming managers and supervisors can expect to make between $49,000 and $67,000, while casino managers earn up to about $75,000 annually.

Cruise directors

Cruise directors are responsible for the passengers’ cruise experience. They plan and schedule entertainment and other activities, hire and supervise personnel, and interact with the passengers. In many ways, this job is the epitome of hospitality! To become a cruise director, you generally need some experience working on a cruise ship, and formal education through a hospitality school can provide the administrative and management training required to succeed. Cruise director positions start at about $46,000 and can reach six figures on the best ships at the top cruise lines. In general, the water transportation occupations are expected to grow about 20 percent over the next few years.

Over the past two posts, we have reviewed seven top jobs for hospitality school graduates. Hopefully, you have noticed two things about these positions: first how diverse they are, and second how lucrative they can be. These jobs usually do not require two- or four-year degrees, but they do require at least some formal education and practical experience. Enrolling in a hospitality school is your ticket to these and many other exciting opportunities.


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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