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Is Hospitality Management a Useless Major?

The Daily Beast recently ran a story titled "The 13 Most Useless Majors, From Philosophy to Journalism." Guess which field came in at No. 10. That's right, hospitality management

Here are the stats cited as to why it came in at that spot:

Unemployment, recent grad: 9.1 percent
Unemployment, experienced grad: 5.7 percent
Earnings, recent grad: US$32,000
Earnings, experienced grad: US$53,000
Projected growth, 2010–2020: +8 percent
Related occupation: Lodging manager

"This year we started with new research (PDF) from Georgetown University—which drew from two years of census data to determine the prospects for myriad majors—to narrow down our list to more than three dozen popular college majors," The Daily Beast reported. "We also used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, equally weighing the following categories to determine current and future employment and earnings potential for our final ranking: recent graduate employment, experienced graduate employment, recent graduate earnings, experienced graduate earnings and projected growth in total number of jobs, 2010-2020." 

Obviously, we feel differently and believe that the hospitality industry greases the wheels of world production. So, to say that it's a useless major is short-sighted and ignorant of the industry's broad-reaching economic facts.

We're sure you have some thoughts. Please let us know of them in the comments.  

Conversation (5)
  • Terri Woodin May 01, 2012

    Well, I would hate to think that the industry I have devoted my life to since I was 15 years old with my first job being with Marriott followed by Hotel School and a very successful career since then would be "useless" and I agree that it is short-sighted. It has not always been the highest paying, it does have long hours, we work when everyone else plays, and it does have limited growth in hotels with new supply being built in the limited service sector currently; however, if we do not continue to develop the next generation of hospitality workers, who will provide all the guests across the world staying in hotels, dining at restaurants, attending entertainment theme parks, etc with a memorable experience? It will grow again and this too shall pass.
  • Danielle Porter May 01, 2012

    As a student I feel that Hospitality Management is far from useless.  There are so many different areas a graduate can go into with a Hospitality degree.  It is becoming a more popular industry within universities and I think it will continue to grow.  If a student takes time to network and dedicates their time to progressing in the industry, unemployment should not be a problem.  We also do not go into the hospitality industry because of what it pays, we go into the industry because we have a passion for it.  I also feel that it is an industry where moving up the ladder is a definite possibility which will help with the financial end.  The economy is slowing moving in a positive direction which will have benefits to hospitality as well.
  • Megan Higgins, CMP May 02, 2012

    As a meeting professional and adjunct faculty teaching Corporate Travel Management, I believe this survey and the statistics do not take into account the various array of other specialities besides lodging management which uses Hospitality Management degrees. From event planners to sales professionals, the salaries and uses for this degree vary greatly. I agree that lodging has its share of concerns for the future just like the rest of us who are in the field of hospitality, travel and tourism. However, without a continued push to professionalize our industry's workers we will lose the necessary funding for these programs in our higher education system.  I encourage everyone to support the Business Value of Meetings through advocacy, trade associations, and bringing awareness to the rest of our friends, family and acquaintances about the important role we serve in the global economy, valued in the billions.
  • Jeremy Tyrrell May 04, 2012

    When those who enjoy "useful" careers need a great place to stay and a really good meal, I'll be right here to welcome them. 
  • Hotelier Tanji July 04, 2012

    I am proud to be a hotelier and I do believe a hospitality major degree will be very helpful for anyone who want to build up their career in this field.

    Here are some great tutorials readers can consider reading:

    Hospitality Management Degree & Career Paths
    Job Sectors for Hospitality Students & Hoteliers
    Career Advice for Hospitality Students
    How Hospitality Students Get Jobs in Hotel Restaurant
    Tips for Successful Hospitality Career (Video)

    I hope hospitality students will find these articles helpful for their career

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