It's all up to the individual on how fast one can advance, but most of the people I have known achieve the $100k range within five years.
Many continue on to advance to General Manager positions and earn 150 thousand to 200 thousand or more. What's even more fascinating is that most of these people started as entry level sales managers, and many started as front desk clerks or bellmen.
The hospitality and tourism industry offers you the choice of working in the kind of environment you like best. Remember, hotels and restaurants are everywhere. No other industry can offer you the chance of working almost anywhere you choose, with interesting work, a chance for rapid advancement, people contact and stability of employment. The continued growth of hospitality provides a tremendous opportunity for employment.
Online hotel sales and catering certificates are available at www.ecornell.com or http://www.aprinda.com. - or check your local college for certificate programs.
When people think of working in the hospitality field, they often think of culinary positions, waiters, bellmen, pbx operator, chefs, and perhaps banquet managers. There are so many additional high salaried jobs, and it's one of the fields that most people don't even think about. It might be because hotels have the reputation of long hours and low pay. However, I can tell you from experience, that is not true for a majority of the positions.
The one area of the hotel business that does have long hours is the catering side of the business. The reason for this is because these managers often have to be at the hotel when the event takes place. Take for example a wedding or social cocktail party. The clients often wants to see the catering manager at some time during their event to ensure everything goes well......my advice, only apply for a catering manager job if you really love planning weddings, social events, corporate events, and so on.
But there are many other high level and well-paid positions available at every hotel. Consider the following opportunities:
•Assistant General Manager
•Food and Beverage Director
•Director of Sales
•Director of Marketing
•Sales Managers (from 1 – 10 or more at each hotel)
•Director of Catering
•Catering Managers (from 1-10 or more at each hotel)
If you are still in school, it is good idea to work at a hotel front desk and get some experience. These jobs typically pay $8 -$12 an hour. The experience you gain will put you in the driver seat to land an entry level sales or catering job once you graduate. In fact, many people started their careers in this exact way.
The best sales jobs are in the hotel business. Good luck with your journey.