ERIC Number: ED192860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
An Occupational Interest Survey for Hospitality Management Positions.
Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS.
As part of a study sponsored by the National Food Brokers Association, a survey of Johnson County Community College (JCCC) students was conducted to determine their perceptions of hospitality management and the factors that might deter them from choosing careers in that field. The survey instrument, distributed in the college commons by members of JCCC's hospitality management program, asked students to rate the desirability of 31 management occupations in terms of working conditions, hours, pay, and interest level. The list included 14 hospitality occupations and 17 other management positions requiring two years of college or less. Additional questions focused on students' characteristics and experiences in the food service industry and asked which criteria were important in choosing a career. Selected findings, based on 139 completed questionnaires, indicated that 22% of the respondents were currently working in the food service industry, and that 56% of the women and 74% of the men had worked in this area at one time. Most respondents described their experiences negatively, and only 25% said they would consider a career in food service. Similarly, the students rated hospitality jobs relatively low, with the exception of "glamour" jobs, such as resort or country club management. Pay and interest were considered the most important factors in career selection. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Food Brokers Association, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS.