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"What Can I Do With a Major in...Tourism?"

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Tourism will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Interact with a variety of clients and consumers.
  • Understand perspectives of potential employers and customers.
  • Solve service-oriented problems utilizing appropriate concepts, principles, theories, and technology.
  • Exhibit an understanding/appreciation of global concerns, the diversity of humankind, risk assessment, professional ethics, and legal environments.
  • Obtain knowledge related to professional organizations, service learning, and other external sources of professional enrichment.
  • Obtain skills needed for professional management within the tourism sector.
US Dept. of Labor Career Guide to Industries: “Leisure & Hospitality” 

Related Career Titles

Events & Conferences

Executive Positions
Executive Director (several sectors)

Management Positions
Conferences Services Manager
Convention Centre/Facility Manager
Convention Meeting Manager
Exhibit Design Manager
Exhibit Services Manager
Extension Officer
Fundraising Administrator
International Sales Manager
Meeting Planner
Park/Recreation Facility Manager
Registration Manager
Special Events Manager
Trade Show Director

Supervisory Positions
Banquets Supervisor
Catering Coordinator
Communications and Public Relations Manager
Concession OperatorConvention/Meeting PlannerExhibit Design Assistant (several sectors)
Functions Coordinator
Fundraising Consultant
Program Specialist
Protocol Manager
Public Relations Manager (several sectors)
Sales Assistant (several sectors)
Special Events Coordinator
Trade Show Coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator
Front Line Positions
Audiovisual Technician
Concession Attendant
Convention/Meeting Services Guide
Destination Services Representative (several sectors)
Interpreter (several sectors)
Registration Clerk
Registration Officer
Security Officer (several sectors)
Trade Show Guide
Tourism Services

Executive Positions
Deputy Minister of Tourism
Minister Responsible for Tourism
Management Positions
Auto Club Travel Manager
Director of Domestic Marketing
Director of Human Resources
Director of Policy and Planning
Director of Tourism Development
Director of Tourism Services
Manager of International Marketing
Manager of Media Relations
Manager of Meetings and Incentive Travel
Manager of Travel Trade Sales
Reservation Services Manager (several sectors)
Retail MerchandiserTourism Association Administrator
Tourism EducatorTourism Information Center Manager
Tourism Research/Statistical Specialist
Travel Writer/Photographer
Supervisory Positions
Business Travel Specialist
Destination Development
Media/Trade/Press Specialist
Tourism Market Researcher
Tourism Research Assistant
Tourism Trainer (several sectors)
Tourism/Visitor Information Centre Supervisor (several sectors)
Front Line Positions
Information Clerk
Retail Sales Clerk/Associate (several sectors)
Tourism Visitor Information Counselor (several sectors)
Adventure & Recreation

Executive Positions
Accommodation/Facilities Manager
Hostel/Lodge Manager
Park Superintendent
Management Positions
Avalanche Control Manager
Boat Rental Operator
Chief of Visitor Activities
Chief Park Warden
Exhibit and Media Park Planner
Gold Club General Manager
Golf Operations Manager
Maintenance Superintendent
Marina Manager
Operations Manager
Park Conservator
Park Warden
Recreation Director
Recreation Facility Operator
Rental and Repair Shop Manager (Golf/Tennis/Ski)Resort/Leisure Operations Manager
Retail Pro Shop Manager (Golf/Tennis/Ski)
Retail Ski Shop Manager
Service/Park Planner
Ski Area Manager
Ski Patrol Director/Manager
Ski School Director/Manager
Sports/Recreation Consultant
Stable ManagerTrip Leader/Senior Guide

Supervisory Positions
Assistant Greenskeeper
Assistant Park Warden
Avalanche Control Technician
Canoeing/Kayaking Instructor
Diving Instructor
Freshwater Angling Guide
Golf/Tennis Instructor
Golf/Tennis Pro
Grooming Supervisor (Ski Resort)
Guest Services Supervisor
Human Resources Housing Supervisor
Hunting Guide
Market Supervisor
Outdoor Adventure Guide
Outdoor Sport/Recreation Instructor
Public Relations Manager
Recreation Facility Supervisor
Rental and Repair Supervisor
Retail Pro Shop Supervisor
Ski Area Supervisor
Ski Instructor
Ski Patrol and Risk Management Supervisor
Ski School Supervisor
Snowmaking Supervisor (Ski Resort)
Supervisor of Life Operations (Ski Resort)
Swimming Instructor
Front Line Positions
Golf/Tennis Fitter
Golf/Tennis Repair Person
Guest Service Representative (Ski Resort)
Information Service OfficerInterpretive Audiovisual Technician
Lift Operator (Ski Resort)
Marina Attendant
Marine Rental/Repair Technician
Park (Gateway) Attendant
Park Interpreter/Naturalist
Recreation Facility Attendant
Rental/Repair Shop Technician (Ski Resort)
Retail Pro Shop Clerk (Golf/Tennis/Ski Resort)
Ski Area Retail Clerk
Ski Guide
Ski Patrol
Ski Shop Retail Clerk
Slope/Trail Grooming Operator (Ski Resort)
Snow Maker
Trail Crew Worker (Ski Resort)
Visitor Service Staff
Travel Trade

Executive Positions
Small Business Owner/Operator

Management Positions
Human Resource Manager
(several sectors)
Managing Director
Operations Manager
Package Tour Coordinator
Reservation/Ticketing Manager
Sales and Marketing Manager
(several sectors)
Senior Travel Counselor
Tour Broker
Tour Manager
Tour Operator/Wholesaler
Tour Promotions Manager
Travel Agency Manager

Supervisory Positions
Commercial-Account Specialist
Destination Development Specialist
Group Sales Representative
Incentive Travel Specialist
Public Relations Manager
Sales and Marketing Supervisor (several sectors)Specialty Tour Guide
Tour DirectorTour Leader/Escort
Tour Manager
Tour Planner
Front Line Positions
Bus Greeter
International Travel Counselor
Local Tour Guide
Reservations Sales Agent (several sectors)
Step-On/Local City Guide (several sectors)
Tour Guide/On-Road Guide
Travel Counselor


Executive Positions
General Manager (several sectors)
President and Chief Executive
Officer (several sectors)

Management Positions
Accounting Manager (several sectors)
Assistant General Manager (several sectors)Assistant Retail Manager (several sectors)
Director of Sales and Marketing (several sectors)Games Manager (Casino)
Head of Visual Services
Maintenance Manager
Museum Curator/Manager
Museum/Gallery/Heritage Site Administration DirectorOperations Manager
Retail Sales Manager (several sectors)
Site Operator

Supervisory Positions
Amusement Park Supervisor
Assistant Food and Beverage Manager
Attraction Facility Guide
Concession Operator
Concession SupervisorDealer (Casino)
Floor Person (Casino)
Guest Services Supervisor)
Human Resource Assistant
Maintenance/Grounds Supervisor
Museum/Curatorial Assistant
Operations Supervisor
Public Relations Assistant (several sectors)Ride Operator Supervisor
Shift Supervisor (several sectors)

Front Line Positions
Assistant Floor Person (Casino)
Attraction Facility Guide/Greeters
Concession Attendant
Cultural Artist/CraftpersonGate/Cash Attendant
Heritage Interpreter
Interpretive Specialist
Ride Operator


Executive Positions
Base Manager/Regional Manager
Corporate Vice President (several sectors)
Director (several sectors)
Vice President (several sectors)
Management Positions
Airport Manager
Airport Service Supervisor (Cargo)
Airport Service Supervisor (Passengers)Airport Service Supervisor (Ramp)
Cabin Services Manager (Air)
Cargo Services Manager (Air)
Chief Steward
Cruise Line Operator/Director
Customer Service Director/Purser
Ferry Boat Captain
Manager of Flight Attendants
Marketing and Public Relations Manager (several sectors)
Motor Coach Company Director
Onboard Service Manager (Air)
Pilot (Ship)
Product Development and Sales Director (several sectors)
Ramp Services Manager (Air)
Recreation Activiy Director (several sectors)Regional Manager (several sectors)Reservations Centre Manager (several sectors)
Service Station Manager (Ground)
Terminal Control Manager (Air/Rail/Ship)Tour Manager/Long Distance Guide (Ground)Training Manager/Officer (several sectors)
Vehicle Rental Agency Manager

Supervisory Positions
Advertising Supervisor (several sectors)
Air Traffic Controller
Deck Officer (Ship)
Drive Guide
Head Steward/Night Steward (Ship)Instructor (several sectors)
Market Research Supervisor (several sectors)
Motor Coach Driver
Onboard Customer Service Supervisor (Ship/Rail)
Pilot (Air)
Public Relations Supervisor (several sectors)
Purser/Dining Steward (Ship/Rail)
Railroad Conductor
Road Supervisor (Ground)
Sleeping Car Porter (Rail)
Station Attendant (Ship/Rail/Air)
Training Representative (several sectors)

Front Line Positions
Aircraft Cleaner (Air)
Baggage Agent/Handler (several sectors)Boat Charter Pilot
Cabin Services Attendant (Air)
Customer Service Agent (several sectors)Flight Attendant
Human Resource Clerk
In-transit Attendant (Ground Travel)Media Relations Coordinator (Rail)
Meet-and-Assist Guide (several sectors)Onboard Services Attendant (Rail)Recreation/Activity Director (Ship)Rental Agent (Ground Travel)
Seasonal Car Attendant (Rail)
Service Station Attendant (Ground Travel)
Steward (Ship)
Taxicab Driver
Terminal Attendant
Ticket/Reservation Agent (several sectors)
Tour Production CoordinatorTraffic Agent (several sectors)
Transfer Officer/Agent (several sectors)


Executive Positions
Bed and Breakfast Owner/Operator
Campground Operator
Corporate Vice President
Nightclub Owner
Restaurant Chain Manager
Senior Administrator/Executive
Director of Institution

Related Job Listings/ Job Search Website

Central Career Network
Cool Works Jobs in Great Places
Successful Meetings

Affiliated Organizations

American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
Association for Convention Sales & Marketing Executives (ACME)
Association for Convention Operations Management (ACOM)
Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE)
Center for Exhibition Industry Research
Convention Industry Council (CIC)
Destination Marketing Association International
European Travel Comission (ETC)
Exhibit Designers and Producers Association (EDPA)
Exhibit Services & Contractors Association (ESCA)
Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA)
Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)
Association Management Companies Institute(AMCI)
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
International Association of Venue Managers, Inc. (IAVM)
International Association of Conference Centers (IACC)
International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE)
International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
International Ecotourism Society
Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
Meetings & Convention (Publication)
National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP)
National Association of Catering Executives (NACE)
Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI)
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA)
Society of Corporate Meeting Planners (SCMP)
Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP)
Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE)
Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA)
U.S. Travel Association
World Tourism Organization (WTO)
World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)

Career Library Resources

Jobs for Travel Lovers
Careers in Focus - Travel and Hospitality
Opportunities in Travel Careers  

The career paths listed are those which are commonly associated with this area of study and in no way does this site attempt to suggest that these are all of the career paths possible. Some of the career paths listed may require additional education, training, development, licenses and/or certifications. Listings of resources such as job listings, web links, professional organizations, library publications, and other information found on this page are believed to be accurate and true at the time published. The "What Can I Do With A Major In..." database is reviewed and updated every year in July. While no list is truly exhaustive, if you feel something should be added, deleted, changed or updated on this page, please contact the Office of Career Services by e-mail at and an out-of-cycle change will be completed.

Who Can Help Me

Becky Chapman
Career Development Coordinator