Nutrition and Hospitality Management
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Career Outlook

The Hospitality Management Program prepares students to enter an exciting growing industry.  Graduates in Hospitality Management have access to a diverse portfolio of career opportunities including foodservice management, lodging/resort management, meeting and event planning, and gaming management.   Median annual earnings of salaried employees in this industry, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, include:

  • Foodservice Managers, $53,500
  • Lodging Managers, $47,680
  • Meeting and Convention Planners, $46,490
  • Gaming Supervisors, $67,300

According to the National Restaurant Association, foodservice sales will reach 782.7 billion in 2016 from over one million locations in the U.S. The restaurant industry employs an estimated 14.4 million people. The restaurant industry is expected to add 1.7 million jobs over the next decade.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there will be steady growth in travel creating ample job opportunities for lodging managers.  The American Hotel and Lodging Association reported that there are currently 53,432 hotel properties in the United States (those with more than 15 rooms) that generate sales of approximately $176 billion annually.