Culinary Arts & Hospitality
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Travel and Tourism Specialist

If you want to spend your career making people's dream vacations and life-changing events come true down to the very last minute detail, enjoy entertaining, interacting, and working with people, and can't imagine a better job than tagging along and guiding the tours, trips, and vacations of other people, a Travel and Tourism Specialist degree may be the path to your dreams.

Types of Degrees

Travel and Tourism Specialist students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years) or bachelor's degree (4 years) prior to entering the workforce. In this field, a high school diploma or equivalent is typically all that is needed to become a Travel Agent while a bachelor's degree in a hospitality or business related major is oftentimes required for positions like Lodging Manager or Event Planner.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background and work experience in a tourism or hospitality related job helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Travel and Tourism Specialist Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a Travel and Tourism Specialist degree include:

  • Travel Agent
  • Lodging Manager
  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planner
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Travel Agents was $40,660 in 2019 (1) while Lodging Managers earned a median salary of $54,430 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.