Published: 07 February 2022

Top jobs with a hospitality and tourism degree

Discover what your future career could be as a hospitality and tourism graduate, and discover some of the jobs Surrey hospitality and tourism graduates secured after leaving university.

Our hospitality and tourism degrees will prepare you for a successful career at the heart of one of the world's most exciting and rapidly growing industries.

The hospitality and tourism sector comprises many different industries and sub-industries, and our graduates are highly employable across a wide range of organisations, with 93 per cent in work or further education 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes report 2021). This was a key factor in Surrey being named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

"The Professional Training Year made me realise that I wanted to pursue a life-long career in events. It also taught me that whilst I wanted to work in events, I needed to work within an industry I am passionate about."

Sophie Bradbury, BSc International Event Management

Careers with a hospitality and tourism degree

The are numerous jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors that relate directly to your degree:

  • Hotel manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Catering manager
  • Chef
  • Event manager
  • Public house manager
  • Accommodation manager
  • Travel agency manager
  • Holiday representative
  • Tour manager
  • Tourism officer
  • Tourist information centre manager.

Graduates of hospitality and tourism are highly employable across a wide range of sectors. There are many, potentially unexpected, career options that would be a good match for your skills:

  • Customer service manager
  • Human resources officer
  • Retail manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Outdoor activities/education manager.


"My time at Surrey enabled me to lay the foundations for my career. Given its outstanding reputation, the University qualification was highly regarded by employers, there were even instances where employers themselves had also studied at Surrey which further added to the University's influence on my career."

Angelo Vassilades, BSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management

Hospitality and tourism graduate jobs

Recent Surrey hospitality and tourism graduates have entered employment with organisations such as:

  • Graduate Management Trainee, Hilton Worldwide
  • Product and Commercial Executive, Monarch Travel Group
  • Voyage Management Trainee, Grosvenor House JW Marriott Hotel
  • HR Coordinator, Sofitel London Heathrow
  • Front Desk Management Trainee, Hilton Hotels
  • Vita Futura Graduate Management Programme, Marriott International
  • Graduate Trainee, Lexington Catering.

Many students have chosen to continue their studies through our masters degrees and PhD qualifications in a wide range of subject areas. 


"I was extraordinarily fortunate to gain a place in the Royal Household for my placement – more than 300 people applied for the position. I had to move to London as a result and I learnt such a lot about myself and what I was capable of."

Alex Wilson, BSc International Hospitality Management

Discover more about our hospitality and tourism degrees, our award-winning Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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