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Hospitality Schools

There are 528 accredited hospitality schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of hospitality classes at one of these schools, you play a essential role in shaping the future of this growing field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in hospitality, which encompasses hospitality training at the following levels:

  • Hospitality Certificate
  • Associates degree in Hospitality
  • Bachelors degree in Hospitality
  • Masters degree in Hospitality
  • PhD degree in Hospitality


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Hospitality professionals

2,328,010 2,328,830 2,326,010 2,305,000 2,293,800
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 2,293,800 hospitality professionals working in the US in 2010. This number has shrunk by 1% over the course of the past 4 years.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%.

National Salary percentiles for Hospitality professionals

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In 2010, the median salary earned by hospitality professionals around the nation, was $30,470 per year. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for hospitality professionals in the US was 51% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Hospitality

$27,078 $28,445 $29,412 $30,041 $30,470
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

There has been a 13% growth in hospitality professionals' salaries from 2006 to 2010.

Educational Trends

National Hospitality Student enrollment growth by degree

2,337 2,438 2,325 2,402 2,565
5,464 6,315 7,291 8,225 8,656
18 18 25 24 18
484 476 520 578 579
1,459 1,641 1,661 1,353 1,286
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Hospitality
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Hospitality
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Hospitality
  • Grey: Certificate in Hospitality

The career outlook for hospitality professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the US, 9,762 students graduated from hospitality degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 13,104 students graduated from hospitality schools.

This represents a 34% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from hospitality courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Hospitality Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering hospitality programs has decreased. In the year 2006, there were 476 hospitality schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 528 schools.

Hospitality Faculty Salaries

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