Tourism Industry | Job Spotlight

The tourism industry is huge and diverse, incorporating a vast number of businesses who provide the necessary infrastructure, products and services to support the millions of people travelling around the globe for both leisure and business activities.

The World Travel and Tourism Council report from February 2019 reported that in 2018 tourism was the second fastest growing sector in the world, contributing US$8.8 trillion to the global economy, and creating 319 million jobs globally.

So if you’re looking for to work with people, there’s the possibility to travel yourself, and there are plenty of opportunities for you to keep learning, diversify, and climb the corporate ladder, this industry could tick all your boxes.

What type of person would this job suit?

  • You’ll need to have great people skills and be an excellent communicator
  • The ability to speak foreign languages could be advantageous
  • Attention to detail and exceptional customer service are a must
  • Ideally you should be a great team worker who can think on their feet, solve problems and show leadership qualities when necessary.

Industries incorporated under the tourism umbrella:

  • Hospitality
  • Food and beverages
  • Recreation
  • Entertainment
  • Transportation
  • Events
  • Marketing
  • Government



If you’d like to explore the tourism industry, bear in mind there are plenty of pathways that could get you there.

Perhaps you’re keen to study at university. A degree could help you to leapfrog into some of the more senior roles on offer. With plenty of cadetships and internships available within Australia and globally, you could gain work experience while you study and get an even better head start.

Studying a Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management at Bond is designed to prepare you for professional and managerial roles within the global tourism and hotel industries.

If you think that you’d enjoy working in the Tourism industry but don’t want to commit to a university degree straight away, you can start out doing a VET qualification at TAFE or another RTO and gain a Cert III or IV. You can then choose if you’d like to start working in the industry or head to uni to get more qualifications.

A Certificate III in either Tourism or Travel from TAFE SA are examples of introductory courses that could get you started. Some VET courses are specifically designed for high school students to complete before graduating. They could count towards your high school certificate, teach you industry skills and give you a taste of the industry.




Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate (RSA)

No formal qualifications are required for this role, but there are courses and VET qualifications you can do to make you more competitive.

You’d be preparing, serving and charging for beverages, cleaning and maintaining the bar area.

You could expect to earn over $60,000 per year at this level, but you can earn more depending on where you work, experience and qualifications. You can also expect to earn tips.


Cocktail bartender in Sydney

Bartender in Brisbane

Bartender in Perth



Certificate III

Whilst you don’t need formal qualifications to become a Chef, it’s common to complete an apprenticeship in Commercial Cookery, Patisserie or Baking for example. It could give you an advantage and fast track your career rather than working your way up from pot washer.

You could be helping with menu planning, ordering food and supplies, preparing and cooking food, plating, and cleaning.

Salary is dependent on your skill level. Once you’ve finished your apprenticeship a kitchen chef earns on average $55,000 per year, whereas Executive Chefs can expect to earn up to $110,000 per year.


Executive Chef in the Whitsundays

Head Chef in ACT

Chefs in Melbourne


Events Co-ordinator

Certificate III

You’ll be working to ensure that all kinds of events run smoothly and reflect well on the business or private hosts, liaising with a variety of service providers and working to a budget.

Whether you enter with a VET qualification like a Certificate III or Diploma, or a Bachelor’s Degree, you’ll definitely need some work experience on your resume to get you through the door.

The average salary for Event Organisers is $65,000 per year depending on experience.


Events Manager in Melbourne

Events Manager on the Gold Coast

Senior Event Development Manager in Perth


Hotel / Resort Manager

Bachelor Degree in related field

Responsible for managing all aspects of a resort, including lodging, food and beverage management, human resources, housekeeping, attractions, and guest services.

You’ll be in charge of employees, finances, customer service, promotions, and quality control.

Depending on your level of experience, location and the company that you work for, you can expect to earn upwards of $70,000 in this role.


4 star Resort Manager on the Gold Coast

Hotel Manager in Sydney

Hotel Operations Manager in Canberra

Growth in this industry is strong and expected to remain so.



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