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Working in lodging is more than a job—It’s a people-oriented career with incredible opportunity. Lodging is a 24/7 business where managers take pride in providing a home away from home for travelers. Luxury hotels, bed and breakfasts, and large convention hotels are just some of the establishments where your career can take off.

Hotels offer a wide array of services and amenities, allowing you to take on new challenges within the same hotel.  Many hotels, for example, have restaurants, meeting space and recreational facilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most full-service hotel chains hire people who have a bachelor's degree in hospitality for management positions. Stay competitive. Go to CSU!

Management positions in lodging:

  • General manager
  • Assistant manager
  • Rooms director
  • Food and beverage director
  • Front desk manager
  • Director of housekeeping
  • Catering and banquet manager
  • Director of purchasing
  • Sales manager
  • Event coordinator
  • Facilities director

Salaries of lodging managers vary greatly according to their responsibilities, location and the segment of the hotel industry in which they work. Managers may earn bonuses of up to 25 percent of their basic salary in some hotels and also may be furnished with meals, parking, laundry and other services. Median annual wages of lodging managers were $46,880 in 2010.

Career Ladders

Entry Level (High School Diploma)

Technician/Associate (Associate Degree or Certificate)

Professional (Bachelor Degree)

Guest Service Clerk

Room Attendant

Lodging Facilities Attendant

Guest House Manager

Housekeeping Manager

Hospitality Supervisor

Social Director

Hotel Manager

Convention Coordinator

Recreation Director

Executive Housekeeper