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Accommodation Manager

Accommodation managers direct and control the operations of privately and publicly owned hotels, motels, campgrounds, trailer parks, camps, bed and breakfasts, hostels and post-secondary school residences.

  • Avg. Salary $58,443.00
  • Avg. Wage $28.76
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 6,600
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

General Manager, Hotel Manager, Motel Manager

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Accommodation Service Managers (0632) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Accommodation Service Managers (A222) 
  • 2011 NOC: Accommodation service managers (0632) 
  • 2016 NOC: Accommodation service managers (0632) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Accommodation Manager is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Accommodation Service Managers

Interest in co-ordinating information to manage the operation of accommodation establishments or departments within such establishments, to implement policies and procedures, to supervise staff and to oversee staff training


Interest in setting work schedules and in monitoring revenues and expenses


Interest in negotiating with suppliers for the provision of materials and supplies, and with clients for the use of facilities for conventions, banquets, receptions and other functions

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated May 14, 2021

Accommodation managers are responsible for operating their establishments efficiently and economically, satisfying guests and handling any problems that arise.

In smaller establishments, accommodation managers may have a limited staff and personally direct all aspects of the operation. Managers of small motels or hostels, for example, may perform front desk clerk duties as well managerial duties (for more information, see the Hotel and Motel Desk Clerk occupation profile).

In larger establishments such as luxury hotels, general managers may have several assistant managers or department heads. The general manager's responsibilities might include:

  • Establishing and controlling budgets and approving contracts
  • Strategic planning (such as pricing, offers, incentives, promotions)
  • Setting room rates
  • Approving expenditures
  • Staff training
  • Establishing standards of quality service
  • Marketing and public relations

Department heads under the general manager would be responsible for day-to-day operations such as:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing and sales
  • Human resources
  • Front desk services
  • Food and beverage services
  • Housekeeping and maintenance
  • Security
  • Convention services
  • Reviewing and responding to online reviews
  • Hotel entertainment services
Working Conditions
Updated May 14, 2021

Working conditions for accommodation managers are as varied as the establishments they operate. Most establishments are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and managers may work long, irregular hours in addition to always being on call for emergencies. Some managers live in their establishments and are constantly involved with operations. The work is sometimes hectic and stressful.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated May 14, 2021

Accommodation managers need:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Good general health, stamina and mental alertness to cope with the long, irregular hours of work
  • The ability to get along with all kinds of people
  • Leadership and decision making skills
  • The ability to adapt to changing customer needs and unexpected situations
  • The ability to remain calm while under pressure

Accommodation managers should enjoy being in charge, taking a methodical approach to their work, and negotiating with people.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Accommodation service managers
NOC code: 0632

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 32 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Nov 04, 2021 and Jan 19, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Address customers' complaints or concerns
Assist clients/guests with special needs
Develop and implement policies and procedures for daily operations
Establish work schedules
Enforce policies and procedures
Supervise staff
Personal Suitability: Team player
Personal Suitability: Effective interpersonal skills
Personal Suitability: Excellent oral communication
Perform front desk duties
Educational Requirements
Updated May 14, 2021

Accommodation managers should be familiar with all areas of their establishment's operations. In particular, they need sound financial management skills and a working knowledge of hospitality law and safety standards. Other requirements vary depending on the type of accommodation.

Managers of smaller commercial establishments such as motels, trailer parks and campgrounds may be entrepreneurs who have some hospitality-related work experience. Managers of specialized camps, such as those for people with disabilities may be required to have related post-secondary education and training.

The best background for hotel and motel managers is a combination of experience and education in hospitality management. It is still possible to work your way up from the bottom in hotel management by supplementing on-the-job training with continuing education. Some large hotels sponsor their own on-the-job management training programs. However, most employers look for job applicants who already have related post-secondary education such as a business degree or a 2-year diploma in hospitality management.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Academy of Learning - Calgary Central

Academy of Learning - Calgary NE

Academy of Learning - Edmonton Downtown

Academy of Learning - Edmonton South

Academy of Learning - Edmonton West

Academy of Learning - Medicine Hat

Academy of Learning - Red Deer

Canadian Health & Business College

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary City Centre

Cypress College - Culinary Campus

East-West College - Edmonton

Glenbow College

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Reeves College - Calgary North

Reeves College - Calgary South

Reeves College - Edmonton

Reeves College - Edmonton North

Reeves College Edmonton South

Thompson Rivers University

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated May 14, 2021

Tourism HR Canada (formerly the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council, or CTHRC) offers emerit voluntary certification through the emerit website for hotel general managers. The Hotel General Manager certification leads to the Certified Hotel General Manager (CHGM) designation, which is recognized across Canada and requires recertification every 3 years.

Another optional designation is Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA). It is offered by the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) and is recognized worldwide. Recertification is required every 5 years.

Employment & Advancement
Updated May 14, 2021

Unless they already have considerable work experience in the field, new graduates of hospitality education programs usually start in junior positions such as hotel desk clerk.

Years of experience and in-house training are generally required to advance to hotel management positions. A typical advancement path in a large hotel might be desk clerk, front office manager, rooms division manager, executive assistant manager and, finally, general manager. However, someone promoted to general manager from the rooms division would require food and beverage experience or they would require a knowledgeable food and beverage manager to assist them. Managers employed by chain hotels or motels may be transferred from one location to another as they are promoted.

Accommodation managers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 0632: Accommodation service managers. In Alberta, 81% of people employed in this classification work in the Accommodation and Food Services [pdf] industry.

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Accommodation and Food Services industry)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 0632: Accommodation service managers occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.5% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 153 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the 153 new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated May 14, 2021

Salaries for accommodation managers vary widely depending on the size and nature of the establishment and the manager's responsibilities and qualifications.

Accommodation service managers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $40.87 $25.62 $24.04
Overall $17.30 $46.88 $28.76 $26.92
Top $17.31 $54.61 $31.79 $30.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Information, Culture, Recreation
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Accommodation & Food Services
Health Care & Social Assistance

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Communications
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated May 14, 2021

Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association website:

American Hotel and Lodging Association website:

Americal Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute website:

emerit website:

Tourism HR Canada website:

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Updated May 14, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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