Hotel inspectors review and evaluate a variety of services and amenities at hotels, such as room service, food offerings, and pool areas. They also work for hotel chains or private companies to assist in rating hotels. Hotel inspectors may have to travel locally, regionally, and even nationally, depending on the types of establishments or brands they evaluate.
Career Skills & Info
|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|
|Median Salary (2016)*||$41,000 (for executive housekeepers who oversee hotel inspection programs); salaries can vary according to the company and location|
Sources: American Automobile Association (AAA) December 2012 job posting, *PayScale.com (November 2016), The Oklahoman
Step 1: Bachelor's Degree
Aspiring hotel inspectors can become familiar with the industry by pursuing a bachelor's degree program in hospitality management. Courses typically include topics in tourism, business law, human resources management, consumer behavior, and front desk services. Students may also take courses in marketing, accounting, and statistics. Some programs require an internship.
- Sharpen your writing skills. Courses in communication, English or creative writing can help students acquire the skills they need to write clear, detailed reports regarding their experiences at hotels and any problems they encounter.
Step 2: Work Experience
Prospective hotel inspectors can begin their careers with entry-level positions in the hospitality, tourism, or travel industries. Through front desk, housekeeping, and food service jobs, future inspectors learn how services are provided to guests, which can help them better assess these services later on.
- Practice travel writing. The hotel inspection field is highly competitive, however, candidates who have written articles and reviews for tourism-focused websites, blogs, and media outlets may have an advantage. This type of writing is also helpful when it comes time to compose an inspection.
Step 3: Managerial Experience
Applicants who also have managerial experience in the hospitality or travel industries are more likely to advance to positions as hotel inspectors. Prior experience writing up inspections can also help them qualify for positions.
Hotel inspectors usually need a bachelor's degree in hospitality management, experience in the field, and strong writing skills. Executive housekeepers who are responsible for hotel inspections earned a median annual salary of $41,000 in November 2016.