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Accommodation Manager

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

  • Avg. Salary $52,304.00
  • Avg. Wage $25.09
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook Up
  • Employed 7,400
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

General Manager, Hotel Manager, Motel Manager

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

41%
41%
Average Wage
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  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Accommodation Manager is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Accommodation Service Managers
NOC code: 0632
DIRECTIVE

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

METHODICAL

Interest in setting work schedules and in monitoring revenues and expenses

SOCIAL

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.

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Duties
Updated Mar 13, 2017

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
  • 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
  • hotel entertainment services.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 13, 2017

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 Mar 13, 2017

Accommodation managers need to possess:

  • excellent written and oral communication 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.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 13, 2017

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.

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 NE

Academy of Learning - Calgary South

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

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

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary North

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary South

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

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton North

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton South

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton West

Cypress College - Legion Campus

Evergreen College - Calgary

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Professional Development Institute of Tourism

Red River College - Winnipeg

Reeves College - Calgary North

Reeves College - Edmonton

Reeves College - Lethbridge

Solomon College

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

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 Mar 13, 2017

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 Mar 13, 2017

Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

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.

In Alberta, 81% of people employed as accommodation service managers 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 (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 7,400 Albertans are employed in the Accommodation service managers ccupational group. This group is expected to have an above average annual growth of 2.1% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 155 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 13, 2017

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
NOC code: 0632

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $11.09 $41.10 $22.88 $20.19
Overall $13.26 $44.56 $25.09 $23.08
Top $14.50 $51.54 $27.88 $25.00

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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
Educational Services
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Accommodation & Food Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

41%
41%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

33%
33%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

8%
8%

2015 Vacancy Rate

5%
Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Languages (other than English)
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Financial Management
    • Management and Marketing
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Human and Social Services
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Communications
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 13, 2017

Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association website: www.ahla.ca

American Hotel and Lodging Association website: www.ahla.com

Americal Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute website: www.ahlei.org

emerit website: www.emerit.ca

Tourism HR Canada website: tourismhr.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 10, 2017. 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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