The hospitality industries continue to be among the fastest growing businesses in the world. There is an increasing demand for hospitality professionals in every employer category including hotels, theme parks, restaurants, contract food service organizations, resorts, and convention centers. There are substantial opportunities for professional growth and development while earning a hotel & restaurant management degree at College of the Ozarks.
Managers in the hospitality industries sometimes face the challenges of long hours and working under pressure. They frequently have to work evenings and weekends and they will put in more than 40 hours per week during busy periods.
However, there is great satisfaction in working to meet guest needs and exceeding expectations. Catering to the needs of guests requires excellent business and technical skills, personal empathy, hard work, and a general positive attitude to serve. The hospitality career is an exciting journey with substantial rewards.
Managers are hired in hotels, restaurants, resorts, theme parks, and tourist attractions. Guest services, reception, housekeeping, convention services, accounting, food service, meeting planning, facilities engineering, purchasing, cooking, marketing, and human resources are all areas for specialization. Featuring a required work experience internship, the HRM program maintains close cooperative relationships with area hospitality employers to help students explore their interests in hospitality.