Hospitality and Travel Associate Degree Programs

An associate's degree in hospitality and travel may be an appropriate career path to pursue if you're a people person who enjoys helping others plan trips. Classes will give you an overall understanding of the hospitality industry and there are a number of career options. Schools offering Travel & Tourism degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Learn in a Hospitality and Travel Associate's Degree Program?

An associate's degree program in hospitality and travel teaches you about the standard business practices of the tourism industry. After completing this program, you'll have developed marketing, communication, sales and public relations skills pertinent to the tourism industry. You'll gain an understanding of consumer travel tendencies, the dynamics of group travel and customer needs. You'll also learn cost-saving measures and how industry practices can influence decisions about whether and where to travel.

Advances in technology now allow travel agents, hotel managers and others to use computer applications and the Internet to book rooms, schedule flights and make reservations for tourism destinations and other sights. Your program may include training in these types of programs and applications.

Degree Overview Tourism industry business practices, consumer travel tendencies, group travel dynamics
Common Courses Hospitality marketing, hospitality law, food service, accounting, economics
Career Options Food service manager, lodging manager, travel agent, recreation director, tour leader
Job Outlook 8% increase between 2014-2024 (for lodging managers)*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

Associate's degree programs in hospitality and travel provide an overall understanding of the tourism industry. Some of the topics you'll study include hospitality marketing, hospitality law, tourism practices, travel selling and food service. You may also take classes in accounting, economics and statistics.

What Types of Jobs Will I Be Able To Do?

There are a variety of career opportunities within this industry. These jobs cover areas such as food service, hotel operations and travel arrangements. They include:

  • Food service management
  • Lodging management
  • Travel agent or planner
  • Recreation directors
  • Tour leaders
  • Travel advertisement

What Does the Future Look Like?

With the increasing ease individuals have to book their own online trips and airline reservations, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment of travel agents to decrease by 12% from 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). However, job growth for lodging managers is expected to increase by 8% during this same period.

There are other career options open to you after completing an associate's degree program in hospitality and travel. For example, you may work as a tour guide, hotel or resort clerk or in other entry-level positions in the tourism industry.

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  • Strayer University

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