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Tourism and hospitality
What majors can I study?
The following are just some of the majors you can study in this
What you’re in for
Australia’s stunning natural scenery and sunny weather make it a
top tourist destination for international visitors, while our fresh
local produce and numerous wine regions inspire chefs
worldwide. As our hospitality and tourism industry continues to
grow, so do the number of courses and jobs within the field.
For more information about careers in tourism and hospitality,
visit www.tourismtraining.com.au. If you are interested in this
field, you should also look at courses in the related areas of
business and management or sport and leisure studies.
Courses and specialisations
The increasing profile of niche trading sectors such as
ecotourism, cultural tourism, wine tourism and sport tourism has
created growth in the industry, and new markets continue to
emerge, including heritage tourism and Indigenous tourism.
There has also been an increase in tourism and hospitality
courses with a business and management focus, through
specialisations within business programs, double degrees and
stand-alone tourism and hospitality management courses.
Courses in this field are largely vocationally oriented, so many
require students to work in on-campus training facilities and
include compulsory periods of industry placement — often paid.
You can build up your portfolio of skills and references by finding
part-time or casual work in the industry.
Where to study
In the past, most people in the tourism, hospitality and related
industries had little training, with most gaining the relevant
knowledge and skills on the job. These days, both vocational and
higher education qualifications at various levels are offered by a
range of institutions. While TAFEs and private providers were the
first to offer courses in this field, universities have followed suit,
especially those in regions known for their tourism industry
(Queensland, for instance). There are several residential schools,
where students work on the premises as part of their course.
Note that fees may seem high at some of these providers, but
they usually include accommodation and meals. Make an enquiry
to be sure.
When choosing an institution, you should look for practical
training — either on the job or through on-campus simulation.
Make sure the course is fully accredited by the Australian
Hospitality (or Tourism Training) Review Panel, and check
whether it is recognised by any international industry
organisations. Knowledge and skills gained in this industry are
increasingly transferable worldwide, and many students head
overseas upon graduation. Also ask institutions for evidence of
graduates’ success in getting jobs, and find out whether you will
be offered any help looking for work.
Finally, be aware that demand for some courses is high. To
compare entry difficulty at different institutions, see the ‘How
tough is it to get in?’ tables in Section 4.
Tourism Research Australia’s State of the Industry 2015 report
notes that a low Australian dollar and low interest rates are set to
drive growth in Australia’s domestic and international visitors,
adding to the labour and skills shortages currently being
experienced by the industry. While visitor numbers increased by
16 per cent over the five years to 2013–14, the number of people
employed in the industry increased by only 4.7 per cent. It is
predicted that there will be a shortage of 123,000 tourism
employees, including 60,000 skilled workers, by 2020.
FOR FURTHER HELP...
To compare the pros and cons of tourism and hospitality with
other fields of study, see the table on page 68 and institution
profiles in Section 4.
For more on jobs and careers in this field, see The Good
Careers Guide website at www.goodcareersguide.com.au.
For ratings of postgraduate tourism and hospitality courses,
see The Good Universities Guide website at
Resort and hotel
The student body ratings
THE STUDENT BODY
tuition costs for
The fees shown are for the whole course and approximate. Confirm with the
institution. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 436.
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