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Tourism/Travel Services Management

728 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
112 Master's Degrees Annually
#42 in Popularity
$115,590 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Tourism/Travel Services Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many tourism and travel services management graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 664
Basic Certificate 253
Associate Degree 221
Undergraduate Certificate 90
Master’s Degree 77
Doctor’s Degree 4
Graduate Certificate 2

What Tourism/Travel Services Management Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to tourism and travel services management and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Tourism and Travel Services Management Majors

Tourism and Travel Services Management majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Tourism and Travel Services Management Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to tourism and travel services management:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Tourism and Travel Services Management Majors

A major in tourism and travel services management will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Tourism/Travel Services Management Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with tourism and travel services management:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Loss Prevention Managers 8.0% $107,480
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480
Security Managers 8.0% $107,480
Supply Chain Managers 8.0% $107,480

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism/Travel Services Management?

664 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
68% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 68% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of tourism and travel services management majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 69
Black or African American 32
Hispanic or Latino 86
White 379
International Students 47
Other Races/Ethnicities 51

Geographic Diversity

Tourism and Travel Services Management appeals to people across the globe. About 7.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Tourism/Travel Services Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to tourism and travel services management is $115,590. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with tourism and travel services management may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to tourism and travel services management have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 8.3%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 3.5%
Some College Courses 7.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 7.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 57.5%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.3%
Master’s Degree 11.3%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.5%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.8%

Online Tourism/Travel Services Management Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 82 schools offered some type of tourism and travel services management program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 19 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 40 5
Bachelor’s Degree 4 3
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 10 3
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Tourism/Travel Services Management Worth It?

The median salary for a tourism and travel services management grad is $115,590 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 190% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,513,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to tourism and travel services management.

Major Number of Grads
General Hospitality Administration/Management 10,363
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 2,657
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1,031
Meeting and Event Planning 977
Other Hospitality Administration/Management 779
Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management 391
Resort Management 298
Casino Management 18
Brewery/Brewpub Operations/Management 5

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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