Career Profiles: Hospitality Management

CSULB Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Hospitality Management prepares students to work in one of the largest segments of the service industry. Employees in this field are involved in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating commercial and noncommercial foodservice and hotel/lodging operations. They are responsible for ensuring customer-oriented decision making with regard to food, beverage, and accommodation preferences, and for marketing services while controlling costs. Day to day activities in the field include: recruiting, hiring, and training foodservice and lodging employees; planning menus, meetings, and catering functions; purchasing food and lodging supplies, maintaining safety and sanitation standards, ensuring customer satisfaction; and responding to customer/ community needs. The duties depend in part on the size and type of the organization.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Amusement Park or Corporate setting
  • Broker for the hospitality industry
  • Catering Director
  • Club Manager
  • Director of Food and Beverage
  • Event/meeting Planner
  • Foodservice Manager in a School
  • Healthcare Hospitality Foodservice Director
  • Hotel Manager
  • Manager in Senior Living and Nutrition Program
  • Restaurant Manager

Where Employed:

  • Amusement parks
  • Catering companies
  • Clubs
  • Contract management companies
  • Corporate settings
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality operations at stadiums
  • Restaurants
  • Schools and universities
  • Senior living facilities

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