5 reasons tourism is a great career
How lucky are we to live in a province that attracts millions of tourists from around the globe each year? Tourism boosts our local economy and brings many employment opportunities.
A career in tourism can be a great fit not only for those who are passionate about working with people in a fun environment but also for students who are looking for a part-time job, youth that is out of school, new immigrants and professionals who need to gain work experience.
If you are confused about which direction to take in your career, here are 5 reasons why you should consider pursuing a career in tourism:
1. There is no shortage of jobs
BC’s tourism and hospitality industry is thriving. In 2015, the tourism industry generated $ 15.7 billion in revenue and contributed more to GDP than any other primary resource industry. More than 127 thousand people are employed in the industry, and there is more demand for workers than supply across the province. A study conducted in 2016 shows that tourism companies in BC are losing business because they are unable to operate at full capacity due to labour shortages.
2. There are plenty of options
The tourism industry is very diverse. There are close to 20 thousand tourism-related businesses in operation in BC, and the positions range from entry-level to higher management and executive. There are over 400 different occupations in the tourism industry in BC for you to choose from. Visit the Go2HR Career Explorer tool to discover which occupations match your interests and personality.
3. Salaries are on the rise
In 2015, the tourism industry paid $4.5 billion in wages and salaries. The average compensation in the tourism industry was $35,000, up 2.8% from 2014, and 17.4% since 2005. These numbers are still on the rise, and the average hourly rate in BC ranges from $12.50/hour to $40.87/hour for accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors (NOC 6313).
4. You can work your way up
Employee turnover can be high in hospitality and tourism, but for those who are passionate about their jobs and the industry, this can be used to their advantage. It is very common that people start with a temporary position and not many hours, but after a short period, they become full-time and permanent or even moving to supervisory positions.
5. It’s a rewarding career
Can you imagine doing for a living what people do for fun? Whether you are serving food at a restaurant or teaching people how to bungee-jump, you will play a crucial role in your client’s day and perception of the experience. The satisfaction that comes after making a positive impact in someone’s day is priceless.
Need help getting your foot in the door?
YWCA Tourism Essentials is a FREE 6-week training program that prepares women 16 - 29 years old for a career in tourism. The program includes training, certification (FoodSafe, SuperHost, Serving it Right and Emergency First Aid) and paid work experience based on the goals and interests of the participant.
The data presented in this post was retrieved from Destination BC (Value of Tourism in 2015) and WorkBC Tourism and Hospitality Labour Market information.