Career Options: Tourism
SCU Tourism courses
- Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management
- Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management
- Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management
See Course Options for all related Tourism courses.
- Employment prospects and starting salaries
- Where do SCU Tourism graduates go?
- Graduate and vacation programs
- Targeting potential employers
- Specialist job vacancy websites
- General job vacancy websites
- International job vacancy websites
- Professional associations
- Other useful links
Graduates typically pursue positions in a wide range of tourism, hospitality, leisure and events industries, as well as in government agencies and other associated services. They may work in hotel and resort management, tourism destination planning, ecotourism, sports tourism, visitor management, international destination marketing, and theme parks or other tourist attractions.
According the Australia Bureau of Statistics, tourism is contributing over $115 million a day to the Australian economy and is outpacing other growth industries such as agriculture, mining and manufacturing. Accommodation; air, water and other transport; other retail trade; and cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services continue to be the most significant tourism related industries. Combined, these industries account for 57.1% of direct tourism gross value added in 2012-13.
International Tourism graduates are employed in a range of different occupations and industries including:
Hospitality: Cruise ships, hotels, clubs and casinos, bars and restaurants
Government: government policy and planning, environmental management, visitor information centres, tourism authorities - national, state and regional, research and education.
Attractions: natural sites, natural events, cultural site and events.
Travel agencies and travel marketing: retail and wholesale.
Conference and event management: professional conferencing organising, special events, conventions and exhibitions.
Employment prospects and starting salaries
Weekly average earnings in 2014
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Job openings in 2014
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Where do SCU Tourism graduates go?
Below is a sample of recent employers and position titles for our Tourism graduates. Note that employers and positions are sorted separately in alphabetical order below - they are not matched lists.
|Sample of employers||Sample of position titles|
|Accor Hotels||Administration Assistant|
|Cronulla RSL Memorial Club Ltd||Assistant Front Office Manager|
|Crowne Plaza||Assistant Manager|
|Corporate Venue and Event Management||Barista/Waitress/Shop Manager|
|DC Conferences||Business Development Coordinator|
|Essen Restaurant and Beer Cafe||Café Owner|
|Four Points Hotel by Sheraton||Central Reservations Systems Sales Associate|
|Four Seasons Hotel And Resorts||Chef|
|Getset Inc||Club All Rounder|
|Hallmark Aviation Services||Conference Administrator|
|Hamilton Island Enterprises||Conference Assistant|
|Hilton Hotel Sydney||Corporate Hospitality/Sales Executive|
|Hurstville Dance and Function Centre||Customer Service Agent|
|IHG||Customer Service Representative|
|Jetstar Gold Coast Titans||Duty Manager|
|Kiama Bowling and Recreation Club||Education Consultant|
|Mercure Hotels||Employment Services Cadet|
|Pacific Islands Club||Event Assistant|
|Park Hyatt Sydney||Event Service Executive|
|Parkroyal||Events Assistant Account Co-Ordinator|
|Peppers Salt Resort & Spa||Events Coordinator|
|Pinnacle People Hospitality||Events Manager|
|Quay West Suites||Executive Assistant|
|Radisson Blu Hotels and Resorts||Executive Butler|
|Rendezvous Hotel Perth||Executive Lounge Attendant|
|Rydges World Square Sydney||Finance Clerk|
|Scotiabank Conventions Centre||Food and Beverage Attendant|
|Skyreach Education Advisory Limited||Food and Beverage Supervisor|
|Spotless||Food And Beverage Team Leader|
|Starwood Hotels And Resorts||Front Office Assistant Manager|
|Swissôtel Sydney||Front Office Manager|
|TAFE NSW||Front Office Supervisor|
|The Hotel School Sydney||Function Attendant/Promotions|
|The Menzies Hotel Sydney||General Manager|
|Toga Hospitality||Guest Service Officer|
|University Club of Western Australia||Guest Services Agent|
|Voyagers Ayers Rock Resort||Head Bar Tender|
|Watermark Hotel and Spa Gold Coast||Hotel Property Manager|
|Westin Sydney Hotel||Hotel Receptionist, Accommodation Manager|
|Human Resources Officer|
|In Room Dining Coordinator|
|International Flight Attendant|
|Junior Personal Assistant|
|Kitchen Steward Supervisor|
|Marketing And Events Manager|
|National Events And Sponsorship Manager|
|Overseas Education Advisor|
|Relay For Life Coordinator|
|Reservations Sales Agent|
|Room Service Supervisor|
|Sales And Administration Coordinator|
|Sales And Marketing Assistant|
|Senior Administration Manager|
|Senior Coordinator, Venue Operations|
|Senior Sales Executive|
|Teacher Tourism And Events|
|Vocational Educational Training Consultant|
Graduate and vacation programs
Graduate programs are formal programs, usually offered by government departments and large companies. They are designed to attract new graduates and feature structured on-the-job training and development. Graduate programs often close applications 12 months prior to the job starting. This means you may need to apply for these roles as early as February/March in your final year of study.
Vacation programs are usually paid, short-term contracts of 6-8 weeks. They are typically offered to students in their penultimate year of study. Peak advertising times are July and August of each year and most vacation programs take place in the summer vacation period (December-February). Undertaking a vacation program may improve your chances of being short-listed for graduate programs or roles.
Bookmark the following sites for centralised listings of vacation, internship and graduate programs.
Also monitor relevant company websites for additional information and opportunities.
You can connect with other students and search for questions and answers on a number of graduate programs at the Graduate Programs Whirlpool Forums.
Below is a sample list of tourism graduate program opportunities:
- Accor Graduate Programs
- Australian Government Graduate Programs
- Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games (Qld Government)
- IHG, IG-Grad Program - search for "graduate programs"
- Starwood Graduate Programs
Targeting potential employers
General and specialist job search websites are listed below. These can be used to source currently advertised roles and can also be used to create your personal database of potential employers and job titles. Being a proactive jobseeker and creating a living database early on in your studies can help you to research potential opportunities and learn more about your preferred industries.
For more job search help, make sure you access the Graduate Careers and Internship Preparation resources on Blackboard in the online SCU Career Development Program (in MySCU select the 'MyCareer' link).
Reviewing company websites is the key to ensuring a good 'job fit' for you and the potential employer. It can help you identify links between your strengths and qualities (skills, experience, interests and qualifications) and an employer's needs, which will increase your chances of success in the recruitment process.
It is estimated the majority of jobs (approximately 80 per cent) are filled through word-of-mouth or networking, known as the 'hidden job market'. Developing your personal and professional networks (professional associations and university memberships, social networking, attending workshops and conferences and undertaking extracurricular activities) are all valuable ways to tap into hidden job opportunities.
LinkedIn is the largest online professional network with more than 313 million members in over 200 countries and territories; 6 million of those in Australia.
With 60% of LinkedIn revenue coming from talent solutions (recruitment), building your presence and becoming active on LinkedIn can increase the number of job opportunities available to you.
LinkedIn has fast become an effective tool for students and graduates to:
- Present a professional online image
- Showcase their skills, qualifications, qualities and achievements
- Build their network of connections
- Research potential career paths
- Follow and engage with targeted companies
- Connect with fellow professionals in industry and specific interest groups
- Source national and international job vacancies
- Be headhunted by recruiters searching for new talent
Find out how to get started and make the use of LinkedIn at LinkedIn Student Jobs 101.
Specialist job vacancy websites
- Accor Jobs
- Meetings and Events Australia
- Spectrum International Hospitality Services - Australian and international vacancies and information
- Tasty Jobs
General job vacancy websites
Don't forget to visit SCU's CareerHub for job vacancies, events and resources. Use your MySCU details to login
- APS Jobs (gateway to the Australian public service with links to state and territory jobs)
- Australia CareerMine
- Brisbane City Council vacancies
- Byron Employment
- Defence Jobs Australia
- Drake International
- GradConnection (major directory of graduate and internship programs worldwide)
- Graduate Opportunities (major directory of graduate recruitment in Australia)
- Gumtree (search 'jobs' from 'all categories')
- Hays (Australia)
- Jobs for Students
- Jobseeker Australia
- ProBono Australia (skilled professionals voluntary positions in not for profit organisations)
- Seek - Graduate/entry level jobs
- Unigrad (major directory of graduate recruitment in Australia)
- UniJobs (vacancies in Australian universities)
International job vacancy websites
|Worldwide (and Australia)||Australian Volunteers International|
|Worldwide||Career Jet (use keyword: graduate)|
|Worldwide||United Nations Careers|
|Worldwide||The World Bank|
|Europe||European Union job opportunities for graduates|
|Hong Kong||JobStreet Hong Kong|
|Indonesia||JobStreet Campus Indonesia|
|Malaysia||JobStreet Campus Malaysia|
|Philippines||JobStreet Campus Philippines|
|Singapore||JobStreet Campus Singapore|
|United Kingdom||All About Law|
|United States||Quintessential Careers|
If you are interested in furthering your career, joining a professional association is a good start. There are associations for nearly every profession or area of interest and many have national, state and regional chapters you can join. Students are often eligible for significant membership discounts. Some benefits of joining an association include:
- Updated information on industry-relevant trends and developments
- Access to a range of resources, including publications, newsletters, webinars, conferences and training opportunities
- Enhancing your network
So, whether you are looking to learn about career opportunities in your field, network in your professional community, access current events in your industry sector, or just have some fun while meeting new people, joining a professional association is a step in the right direction!
- Australian Federation of Travel Agents
- Meetings and Events Australia
- Pacific Asia Travel Association
- Professional Conference Organisers Association
- Queensland Tourism Industry Council
- Restaurant and Catering Australia
Other useful links
- Australasian Special Events
- Australia On Net
- Ecotourism Australia
- Graduate Careers Australia (research and careers information)
- Job Outlook (careers and labour market resource)
- My Future (Australia's career information and exploration service)
- Return to Work Matters (resources for injured or ill employees returning to work)
- Tourism Australia
- Tourism Training Australia
- Travel Industry Careers Association