Career Option in Tourism

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Careers in the tourism industry
November 30th, 2008Tourism is a diverse industry which offers long-term career opportunities for enthusiastic individuals who want to put their education and skills to work in various environments. People in tourism may work indoors or outdoors, standard hours or on a flexible schedule, seasonal jobs or all-year-round. It’s one of the most exciting and diverse career paths out there.

What Is Tourism?
The tourism industry can be divided into five career areas: accommodation, food and beverage services, recreation and entertainment, transportation and travel services. All of these areas involve providing services to people who visit BC from other parts of the country and the world.

What Kinds of Careers Are Available in the Tourism Industry? From operational positions to management and executive-level responsibilities, you’ll find opportunities for solid training, knowledge and skill development along with unlimited career growth. The tourism industry also offers a unique environment for those who wish to start their own business.

Operational Positions

These usually involve direct contact with tourists and are often the first step in a lifetime career. Sample jobs include:

-Ski Repair Technician
-Bartender
-Concierge
-Adventure Tour Guide
-Cook
-Sales Coordinator

Supervisory Positions

These people hire, manage, motivate and schedule operational positions as well as provide key functional expertise. Sample jobs include:

-Guest Services Supervisor
-Ski Patrol Supervisor
-Event Planner
-Restaurant Shift Supervisor
-Team Leader Accounting
-Maintenance Supervisor

Management Positions

These positions involve budgeting, analysis, planning and change management in order to help employees and the organization to grow and prosper. There may also be interaction with other tourism sectors and community involvement. Sample jobs include:

-Director of Sales and Marketing
-Head Chef
-Ski Area Manager...
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