Magazine article Techniques

Spa Manager

Magazine article Techniques

Spa Manager

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SPA MANAGERS ARE BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS WHO OVERSEE the operations at spas. They ensure that guests receive the level of service expected in such establishments and that the spa business is run efficiently and profitably. In very large businesses, there may be managers for several different departments, while smaller operations may have only a general manager.

The Workplace

Today's spas range from small specialty facilities to day spas to huge luxury resorts. There are spas offering medical treatments requiring a doctor's supervision, mineral springs spas, and destination spas that provide fitness and nutrition programs.

Educational Requirements

At larger upscale spas, management trainees often need a bachelor's degree, while smaller facilities may require just an associate degree or certificate in hospitality management or international spa operation and management. Formal internships and other work experience are helpful as well.

Earnings

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, although salaries varied according to the responsibilities involved and the geographic location, median annual earnings of lodging and spa managers were $42,320 in May 2006, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $82,510. …

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