Should I Become a Hotel Inspector?
Hotel inspectors review and evaluate a variety of services and amenities at hotels, such as room service, food offerings, and pool areas. Inspectors also work for hotel chains or private companies to assist in rating hotels. They are required to travel a bit, locally, regionally, and even nationally, depending on the types of establishments or brands they evaluate. While time away from home is difficult, risk in this job is very low as inspectors are treated to the best a hotel can offer. A bachelor's degree and prior hospitality experience are needed.
|Degree Level||Bachelor's degree.|
|Degree Field||Hospitality management or a related subject.|
|Experience||Prior hospitality/tourism experience.|
|Key Skills||Strong written communication skills, ability to work alone for long periods of time, time management skills, and word processing skills.|
|Additional Requirements||Willingness to travel frequently; a good driving record and reliable car are also required.|
|Salary||$58,983 (Median annual salary of general managers holding a BA in Hospitality Management)|
Sources: American Automobile Association (AAA) December 2012 job posting, Payscale (2016), The Oklahoman
Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree
Students gain industry knowledge by pursuing a bachelor's degree in hospitality management. Courses include tourism and business law, human resources management, consumer behavior, and front desk services. Additional training in marketing, accounting, and statistics is offered. Some programs require an internship.
- Sharpen your writing skills. Hotel inspectors are expected to write clear, detailed reports regarding their experiences. Courses in communication, English or creative writing teach students to effectively describe the hotel and any problems they encounter.
Step 2: Gain Work Experience
Prospective hotel inspectors first begin their careers with an entry-level position in the travel, tourism, or hospitality industry. Jobs in housekeeping, front desk operations, or food service shows candidates how services are provided to guests and help inspectors better assess these services. Applicants who also have managerial experience are the most likely to advance to the role of hotel inspector.
- Practice travel writing. Hotel inspector positions are highly competitive, but candidates who have written articles and reviews for tourism-focused websites, blogs, and media outlets have an advantage. This type of writing is helpful when it comes time to write up an inspection.
Step 3: Career Advancement
Hotel inspectors with managerial experience in the hospitality or travel industry have a better chance of advancing their career. If inspectors also have experience writing up inspections, they are likely candidates to move up to more advanced positions.