Potential Careers & Earnings

What can you do with a Hospitality & Tourism degree?

Successful degree candidates are qualified to work for:

  • Hotels
  • Airlines
  • Travel Agencies
  • Cruise Lines
  • Meeting Planning Organizations
  • Government Tourist Offices
  • Car Rental Agencies
  • Motor Coach Companies

Employment opportunities in Hospitality and Tourism are expected to grow according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. As more people travel for business and leisure, trained professionals will be needed to secure their travel arrangements and to provide services in the accommodation sector. The World Travel and Tourism Council (opens in new window) expects the Tourism industry to grow at a level of 4.3% over the next ten years, indicating strong long-term growth. According to a survey conducted in 2005, the World Travel and Tourism Council stated 6.5 million new jobs were created for a total of 221.6 million jobs dependent on Travel and Tourism, which represents 8.3% of total worldwide employment. The WTO reports that the Americas can expect to see 282 million travelers per year by 2020.

Strong growth of domestic and international tourism will result in a continued need for well-trained individuals. Hard-working and energetic employees are sought after in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. It is not unusual for students to start out in a supporting role and to receive promotions within the first year of employment. Many Fisher students have earned their place as managers of various properties and companies. While starting salaries will vary, the reported median salary for managers in the hospitality industry ranges from a low of $37,660 to $72,160. (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Citations (for career information)

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, lodging managers

World Tourism Organization

World Travel and Tourism Council

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