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Lodging Managers
A comfortable room, good food, and a helpful staff can make being away from home an enjoyable experience for both vacationing families and business travelers.
The Job
Lodging managers have overall responsibility for the operation and profitability of the hotel. Depending on the hotel and the size of its staff, lodging managers may either perform or direct housekeeping, personnel, office administration, marketing and sales, purchasing, security, maintenance, oversight of recreation facilities, and other activities. They may hire and train staff, set schedules, and lend a hand when needed.
Work Environment
Because hotels are open around the clock, night and weekend work is common. Many lodging managers work more than 40 hours per week and are often on-call.
College Majors
Bachelor's degree in business, hotel, or hospitality management for management trainee positions.
Minimum Qualifications
Management trainees for larger upscale hotel chains almost always need a bachelor's or master's degree, preferably in hospitality or hotel management. If not coming directly from college, experience working at a hotel is generally required to get a position as a lodging manager.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Lodging managers must be able to get along with many different types of people, even in stressful situations.
Quick Facts
  • Long hours, including night and weekend work, are common.
  • Employment is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.
  • College graduates with degrees in hotel or hospitality management should have better opportunities for jobs at full-service hotels and for advancement than those without a degree.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of lodging managers were $45,800 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $34,970 and $62,880. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,160 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $84,270. Median annual wages for lodging managers in traveler accommodations were $45,380.
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