There are not many careers that could see you travel the globe. Many travel and tourism jobs come with some pretty cool advantages, staff members could well get to experience their employer’s product or service for free or at heavily discounted rates.
Aside from the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, travel and tourism is one of the world’s largest industries, employing one in ten jobs worldwide and contributing 10% of global gross domestic product (GDP).
Britain’s tourism industry will be worth over £220 billion by 2025 – just under 10% of UK GDP and supporting almost 3.8 million jobs, which is around 11% of the total UK employment figures.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has conducted economic research in 185 countries over the past 30 years and found that the industry has consistently grown faster than the global average for nearly a decade.
The travel and tourism sector consists of many industries, from tourist boards, heritage sites, museums and tour operators to passenger transport, including coach, waterways, aviation and rail. Not forgetting accommodation, such as hotels, resorts and holiday parks.
How much could I earn?
Pay is often determined by where in the country (or world) you live and work, together with the job role. If you are working behind a bar or as a waiter, your pay is likely to be close to the minimum wage, unless you progress to a supervisory or management role.
Hotel managers, according to the National Careers Service, typically earn from £20,000 upwards at the start of their career and experienced hotel managers can earn around £60,000.
Travel agents salary starts around £13,000, increasing to £25,000 with experience and you could add commission on sales made.
For cabin crew, starting salary could be around £13,500, increasing to £30,000 with experience.
Heritage officers support teams to take care of buildings, monuments and places valued for their cultural and historical importance. The average starting salary is £18,500, rising to £48,000 with experience.
Top reasons to choose travel and tourism as a career
Exciting and adventurous
From the Arctic to space, there are tourists everywhere. Depending on the job role, you could be working abroad or regularly travelling abroad, meeting people from many different cultures and where every day is different and interesting.
As a global industry, encompassing many sectors, the skills learned by studying travel and tourism are transferable, making the world your oyster.
Although predominantly a people industry, there are many tourism roles that require you to think on your feet. You will play your part to ensure that your customers have the best experience possible.
Why study with South & City College?
Our courses provide a gateway to a range of careers in the travel and tourism industry and university. We have excellent relationships with travel and tourism companies, such as The National Trust, Swissport, The Hilton, Flybe, Thomas Cook and more.
Cruise along in style with the excellent opportunities for trips to see the industry in action both here and abroad – we have had students go on a cruise around Croatian islands. You'll also get involved in our entrepreneurial competitions and learn how to manage budgets and make profits.
For more information about our travel and tourism courses, click here.