Career Pathway Newsletter - January 2022
The hospitality and tourism industry provides the experiences that we look forward to for dining, recreation, major life events, or just to get away for a little while. Most of us interact with hospitality workers every day, whether grabbing a cup of coffee, dining out, or catching the latest blockbuster film.
The hospitality and tourism industry includes a wide range of facets, including lodging, restaurants, event planning, theme parks, transportation services, cruises, travel guides, casinos, movie theaters, and tourism. The industry plays a particularly big role for travelers, as hospitality and tourism workers help plan trips and make travel reservations, operate hotels and amusement parks, and guide tour groups.
Quick facts to know:
- This sector employs over 16 million people and is expected to continue growing.
- There are over 50,000 hotels and motels in the United States.
- Travelers in the United States logged more than 2.25 billion trips in 2018.
- Approximately 80 million visitors from overseas traveled to the U.S. in 2018 to shop, sightsee, dine out, visit national parks and monuments, and enjoy amusement parks.
The hospitality and tourism industry has many entry-level opportunities that can build toward higher level positions. For example, an entry level worker may start restaurant work as a dishwasher or table busser and eventually move into cooking, waiting tables, or even management. The hospitality and tourism industry is expected to add more than 1.5 million jobs over the next ten years; interested candidates have a strong likelihood of finding a position.
Contributing over $7.6 trillion to the global economy each year, tourism is one of the world's largest industries. Statistics show that the United States and France are two of the top countries for tourism. With that said, there are numerous other countries in which tourism is popular. Whether you choose to work in the United States, France or any other country, you can rest assured knowing that tourism is a healthy and thriving industry.
#2) It Allows You to Travel
Not surprisingly, securing a career in tourism allows you to travel the world, all while meeting new people and discovering new locations. As a tour guide, for example, you may organize tours so that guests can tour a popular tourist destination. As a travel agent, you may scout potential destinations to choose the right one for your customers.
#3) It Will Strengthen Your Soft Skills
When working in the tourism industry, you'll develop stronger soft skills. Also known as interpersonal or "people" skills, soft skills are skills that allow us to effectively communicate with other people. Regardless of your specific position in the tourism industry, you'll probably talk to guests on a regular basis, thereby strengthening your soft skills.
#4) People Are Spending More Money When Traveling
It's also worth mentioning that people are spending more money when traveling today than they did in the past. A report published by the U.S. Travel Association found that consumers spent over $1,036 trillion when traveling in 2016. It's a thriving industry that continues to grow larger with each passing year.
#5) It's Easy to Get Started
Contrary to what some people may believe, it's not particularly difficult to get started with a career in tourism. You can enroll in a hospitality and tourism diploma course, for example, to gain the skills needed to start a career in this industry. Not all tourism employers require a diploma. But if you put forth the effort to earn one, you'll set yourself apart from other candidates, all while increasing your chance of getting hired.
The Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics industry is all about moving people and things from one location to another, quickly, safely… and at a low cost.
Transportation methods include aircraft, railroads, waterways, over the road, and through pipelines, as well as warehousing and storage. Workers in this industry design transportation systems, operate or repair equipment, plan how to move materials, and take care of storing products.
Quick facts to know:
- This industry employs over five million workers, about 3.6% of total U.S. jobs.
- Trucks deliver nearly 70% of all freight in the U.S.
- The most commonly shipped items are food, clothing, furniture, and electronics.
- The U.S. spends more than $1.64 trillion on transportation logistics.
Despite the idea that driverless trucks may move freight down highways within the next 10-15 years, there are many current job openings in transportation and warehousing, with a strong need for workers expected in the next several years. Experts estimate that there are 50,000 truck driver jobs unfilled, and trucking- related jobs account for about one-third of the job openings in the industry.
Many openings are also currently available and expected in the future for school and public transit bus drivers, forklift operators and stock movers, and distribution/warehousing workers. A wave of retirements in railroad and maritime workers will create further openings.
Most careers in transportation and logistics pay wages that are higher than the national median.
For those seeking employment, pay special attention to these metropolitan areas, where growth will be especially robust: New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles, Houston, and Chicago.
Automation helps make aspects of the industry more efficient, such as bar codes that track goods for shipping and distribution. Pilots of ships and aircraft depend on automated navigation equipment to operate safely. GPS technology is heavily relied on in many jobs, although workers need to troubleshoot changing conditions, and make adjustments, often more quickly than technology is able to do.
Transportation Jobs: Wages and Salary
The median annual wage for transportation and material moving occupations was $32,440 in May 2019, which is below the median for all occupations of $39,810.1
On the high end of the salary range, the median annual wage for air traffic controllers was $122,990.2 Airline pilots, the second highest paying occupation, earned a median annual salary of $121,430.3
However, railroad workers, the third highest earners in the BLS ranking of transportation jobs, earned $65,020—nearly half the median salary of air traffic controllers and airline pilots.4 The lowest paying job, hand laborer/materials mover, earned a median annual salary of $28,710.5
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