Whether in the secluded deserts of Lake Powell or the bustling streets of New York City, everyone loves a good vacation. But have you ever considered a career in the world of vacationing? Look no further than Southern Utah University’s Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management bachelor’s degree program. This undergraduate program is designed to provide students with strong training in business, management, customer service, financial services, leadership and event planning which can lead to careers in hotel management and resort management. Within a days drive of some of the nation’s best resorts and hotels, SUU’s Hotel, Resort and Hospitality Management students spend considerable time learning hospitality management outside of class from industry leaders throughout the intermountain west and inside the classroom from knowledgeable PhD professors. The hotel, resort, and hospitality management major also has a strong research component to its courses. SUU graduates who studied hotel, resort, and hospitality management have great job placement after college due to summer internships and other job experiences they receive as part of the degree program.
Graduates of the Hotel, Resort and Hospitality Management program have great career potential due to the amount of practical job experience they receive through the degree program. 100% of the SUU students who apply find jobs within the hospitality industry after graduation. Key employers of SUU Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management graduates include: Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas, Station Casinos, Cafe Zupas, Aman Resorts, Aramark Lake Powell and many others. Possible jobs include general manager of a hotel, director of room operations, director of food and beverage, director of sales and marketing, director of human resources, guest services manager, event planner and many other management positions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that meeting, convention, and event planner jobs will increase 33% over the next seven years (much higher than the average) with a median salary of $45,810 per year. The median salary of lodging and hotel managers is $46,810 per year.
Emmett Steed, Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management Associate Professor
Name: Brady Willardson
Current job: General Manager,
Springhill Suites by Marriott
"Choosing SUU’s HRHM program was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Due to the mix of industry experience and academic credentials of HRHM professors, the degree provided me the tools I needed for success in my career. In less than a year after graduation, I was promoted to General Manager of a Marriott Hotel."