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Lodging Managers

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  • Purpose: 91
  • Analytical: 81
  • Social: 78
  • Supported: 63
  • Creative: 47

What Lodging Managers Do

Lodging managers ensure that guests on vacation or business travel have a pleasant experience at a hotel, motel, or other types of establishment with accommodations. They also ensure that the establishment is run efficiently and profitably.

Work Environment

Because hotels are open 24 hours a day, evening and weekend work is common. Most lodging managers work full time and are often on call. The work can be pressure filled and stressful.

How to Become a Lodging Manager

Many applicants can qualify as a lodging manager by having a high school diploma and several years of experience working in a hotel. However, most large, full-service hotels require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree. Hotels that provide fewer services generally accept applicants who have an associate’s degree or a certificate in hotel management or operations. 

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  • Lodging managers

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    Job Outlook

    Employment of lodging managers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in hotel or hospitality management are expected to have the best job opportunities. Applicants can expect strong competition for most jobs.

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    Job Trends for Lodging Managers

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    This occupation supported 50,400 jobs in 2012 and 48,400 jobs in 2014, reflecting a decline of 4.0%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 1.4% in 2022 to 51,100 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 50,500, compared with an observed value of 48,400, 4.2% lower than expected. This indicates current employment trends are worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 7.3% in 2024 to 52,100 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 51,200 jobs for 2024, 1.7% lower than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are about on track with the 2012 trend within this occupation.

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