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Tourism and Hospitality Industry

Do you enjoy creating a fun experience for people of all ages? Do you enjoy travel? Then a career in the tourism and hospitality industry might be for you.

Career Pathways

The hospitality and tourism field has four career pathways:

  • Lodging: Individuals who work in hotels, motels, hostels and other places of lodging, from housekeepers to hotel managers.
  • Food and Beverage Service: Individuals who work in restaurants or other businesses that serve food and drinks, such as catering companies.
  • Recreation, Attractions and Amusements: Individuals who work in venues that offer entertainment, from a theme park to a sports arena.
  • Travel and Tourism: Individuals who facilitate an enjoyable travel experience, such as planning trips or giving tours.

Meta-Major: Business

Want to pursue a management track in the hospitality industry? Check out the business meta-major at your local state college. A meta-major is a collection of associate degree programs aligned to a general career area, such as business. Because all programs under the meta-major have common courses, you can pursue a relevant course of study before deciding on a specific degree program.

Education-Career-Income Connection

Jobs in the hospitality industry require a high school diploma and job training. An associate's or bachelor's degree can help you advance in the hospitality industry. 

Training or Certificate

Associate's or Bachelor's Degree

Restaurant Servers


Hotel Manager


Amusement Attendant




Restaurant Cook


Food Service Manager


Animal Trainer




Travel Agent





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