Spa & Resort Management

Why Spa & Resort Management at DCTC?

The Spa & Resort Management program at DCTC prepares you to thrive in one of the most rewarding careers on the planet. You will learn the broad range of skills you need to work in the dynamic, exclusive world of spas and resorts. As a graduate of the program, you will have a multidisciplinary knowledge set that blends the best training of two complementary programs: Exercise & Sport Science and Meeting & Event Management.

Working as a spa or resort manager is all about the guest experience. Your job will be fast-paced and always changing. Your work environment will be outstanding, radiating what all spas and resorts invariably offer: beauty and luxury. The reasons to work at a spa or resort are numerous, but here are five solid ones:

  1. Relaxing, vacation-oriented environment
    1. Imagine the most beautiful place possible—and then see yourself working there; better yet, the typical resort customer is in an excellent mood thanks to excellent service and surroundings.
  2. Super pay
    1. Hotel and resort companies that provide superb guest experiences pay top dollar for superbly skilled employees.
  3. Entry-level job opportunities
    1. The $600 billion multinational hotel and resort industry is bursting with opportunities; the travel and tourism sector employs 255 million people globally and is expected to generate 73 million new jobs by 2022; an estimated 130,000–180,000 spa managers and directors work in spa businesses around the world—and this figure is continuing to grow.
  4. Career Advancement
    1. International hotel and resort groups are immense, which means the potential to advance your career is equally huge; Marriott International recently reported that 3,000 of the group's managers started their careers in entry-level jobs.
  5. Coworker Camaraderie
    1. People working at spas and resorts are adept at accommodating guests. That empathy and politeness translates into a healthy workplace where friendships with fellow workers are made easily—and those friendship last. 

Quick Facts

  • Median pay for lodging managers in the U.S. is nearly $47,000/year. (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Jobseekers with a college degree in hotel or hospitality management are expected to have the best job opportunities, particularly at upscale and luxury resorts and hotels. (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • According to CNN Money, Event Coordinator is the second fastest-growing job in America.

  • In 2012, nearly 20,000 spas were operating in the U.S. with a reported 160 million spa visits.

  • In 2012, the U.S. spa industry generated $14 billion in revenue, an increase of 4.7 percent compared to the previous year.

  • Five types of spas are prominent in the industry: Club spa, day spa, cruise ship spa, destination spa and hotel spa.

  • According to a 2012 Forbes study, the hotel and resort industry ranks #2 for diversity in the U.S.

  • This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL); you can gain credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward your degree or certificate. Read more...

  • Instructor Rosealee Lee has the coveted distinction of Certified Association Executive (CAE) and in 2011 she received the prestigious Vision Award for Inspiration from Meetings: Minnesota’s Hospitality Journal; check out her bio.

  • Instructor David Keinert, who has 10+ years of hospitality management experience at eight different properties in three different states, believes hospitality is an art—the art of serving people; check out his bio.

  • The program is affiliated with several key professional organizations, including Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE), giving you clear pathways to network with industry pros and insiders.

  • Evening and online classes are offered, making it easier for you to earn your degree or certificate while you're working.

  • Thanks to instructors with extensive real-world industry experience, the program has built a topflight reputation with spa and resort professionals across the nation.

  • You can take advantage of internship opportunities while attending college to gain invaluable experience and make a great impression with a future employer.

  • The DCTC Hospitality Alumni Network, a hallmark of the program, is the perfect networking resource for you to land your dream job and enhance your professional skill set.