Travel and Tourism
Do you like to travel? Do you like to learn about new places? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, travel and tourism is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the world. In fact, business travel in the U.S. is responsible for over $240 billion in spending and approximately 2.4 million American jobs.
Vacation jobs are often associated with travel, lodging, food, entertainment or leisure. However, in addition to workers in transportation, travel agents, hotel personnel, groundskeepers, and food service workers that might spring immediately to mind, almost any occupation might be a vacation job, given the right setting. For example, cruise ships need Electricians, Retail Workers, and IT Specialists, too. Furthermore, “sustainable tourism” is growing in popularity. Sustainable tourism promotes economic development, cultural preservation, and environmentally friendly tourism in underdeveloped countries. More traditional occupations in tourism and leisure such as Destination Marketing Manager, Resort Activities Director, and even Tour Guides are learning to use new social media tools to draw customers and to provide better service.
Read more about opportunities in tourism and leisure in the Occupational Outlook Quarterly: http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2010/winter/art01.pdf. If you’re interested in working for a cruise line, check out www2.cruising.org/shipboardEmployment.cfm. And if you are a student in travel, tourism, or hospitality, you’ll want to review available scholarships at www.tourismcares.org/scholarships.