According to the United States Department of Labor, hospitality is a “high growth industry.” This is not only because the size of the field is growing, but also because the industry is becoming more diverse. In the past, the hospitality industry mainly encompassed accommodations and dining, but today it is a huge industry spanning not only these two main areas, but also into travel and tourism and even event planning. Because of the breadth of the field, there are several types of credentials, including diplomas, degrees and certificates. In the next couple of posts, we will explore the different types of hospitality credentials.
Hospitality management credentials
This is one of the biggest categories in the field of hospitality, and there is high demand for qualified workers in this area. Hospitality management credentials generally come in one of two types: specialized hospitality management or business management with a hospitality concentration. The main difference between these two programs is the general or specific nature of the curriculum. In specialized hospitality management programs, the full curriculum is focused on hospitality-related issues. In contrast, in business programs, the core curriculum is more general, but students take elective courses in hospitality. Which is one is right for you depends on your career goals.
Many hospitality management schools of both types award two- or four-year degrees, as well as shorter non-degree diplomas and certificates. Students in these programs learn about the ins and outs of the hospitality business as well as basic business concepts such as accounting and finance, marketing and promotion, human resources, public relations, technology, and more. They also learn key leadership skills. After earning their certificate or degree, students are prepared to enter into leadership positions at hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, resorts, cruise lines, and other related businesses.
Restaurant and food services certificate
Students who want to enter the hospitality industry in a more specialized area have several options. One of the most popular is a restaurant and food services certificate, also known as a certificate in food service management. These certificate programs are great for students already working in the industry or entering it for the first time.
Students in these certificate programs learn how to manage the food service chain from beginning to end, including menu planning, purchasing and receiving, and quality control. They also learn essential skills such as how to price meals, how to arrange tables, how to schedule reservations, and how to manage staff. A restaurant and food services certificate is appropriate for students interested in working at all types of restaurants, hotel dining facilities, and any other environment where food is served.
In the next post, we’ll explore more types of certificates offered by hospitality trade and vocational schools.
United States Department of Labor. “High Growth Industry Profile—Hospitality.”