If you want to work in the travel industry, you have several options to choose from. Travel trade schools offer courses in hotel, restaurant, and hospitality management. Courses may include:
- Computer training
- Food service management
- Hotel administration, maintenance, and engineering
- Hotel management
Travel Agent and Reservationist Programs
Having an excellent customer-service orientation and a positive personality can serve you well no matter what hospitality management or travel career you choose. Another option many trade schools offer is the travel agent program. These programs often include the following courses:
- Business management
- General information about travel destinations
- Learning about cruise lines
- Using reservation systems
Other optional courses that can prove useful include:
- Computer science
- Foreign language
- World history
You also need to continue educating yourself to compete with all of the information readily available online. When people spend their hard-earned money on travel, they want expert advice.
Careers in Travel
As a travel professional, you could work in hospitality or hotel management at a hotel, motel, cruise ship, or even at a mega resort. Generally speaking, you'll start your travel career in an entry-level position, such as front desk clerk, and work your way up. At larger establishments you might first manage a specific department such as housekeeping, office administration, or security. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Hotel managers earned a median annual wage of $45,800 in 2008.
Trade schools with travel programs can also prepare you to work as a travel agent. To enhance your job opportunities you may want to specialize in a certain travel destination, mode of transport, or type of traveler. Travel agents earned a median annual salary of $30,570 in 2008, per the BLS.