Job Opportunities and Workforce Development

 

Travel Jobs Drive America's Economy
During the ongoing economic recovery, the travel and tourism industry and hospitality sectors have emerged as a key driver of U.S. economic growth. The research clearly demonstrates that travel jobs have a major impact not only nationally, but in the state of Virginia, the Coastal Virginia Region and of course, Virginia Beach.

Widespread Economic Impact
Spending in various industries directly linked to travel including transportation, lodging, food services, amusement parks and recreation, and retail—generates almost 1 trillion dollars annually in direct economic output. When direct and induced efforts are included from the travel's spillover to other industries—ranging from utility and energy companies to manufacturing and local farms—total impact on the U.S. economy reaches 2 trillion dollars.  Linked to many other industries, travel generates additional demand throughout the economic supply chain, boosting job skills and spurring investment in other industries related to travel.

Nationwide, some 15 million Americans, or one in eight in the private sector, are employed in jobs dependent on travel and tourism.  Travel is a top 10 employer in all but two of the fifty states.  Unlike jobs in industries such as manufacturing and information technology, tourism jobs cannot be shipped overseas.

Job Opportunities
  • Travel jobs serve as a gateway to opportunity and a middle-class life for millions of Americans.  In addition to teaching critical job skills, and offering rewarding career paths, the travel and tourism industry also provides many employees with the flexibility they need to fulfill their higher education goals.
  • Among workers who began their careers in the hospitality sector, one-third earned at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to just 28% in health care, 19% in construction and 18% in manufacturing.
  • Of the nearly 6 million Americans working part-time while pursuing higher education, one-third of the employees, work in travel and tourism.
  • More than half of all travel industry employees—a total of four million workers—earn middle-class wages or higher.
  • Two of five workers who first took a job in the travel , tourism and hospitality industry are earning more than $100,000 per year.

The Future Looks Bright
According to a study by McKinsey Global Institute, the travel and tourism industry will continue to fuel economic growth and job creation in the coming years.  One in every seven new jobs added in the next decade will come from the hospitality sector.  International travel will play an increasingly prominent role, with the growth in overseas visitors is expected to increase by approximately five percent per year for the next five years.

Workforce Development
For those individuals interested in job opportunities in the travel and tourism industry, education beyond high school significantly improves the probability of employment along with a stable career and positive earning potential.  A college degree can give you an edge in the job market. The word "college" includes public and private colleges and universities offering bachelor and graduate degrees, as well as community colleges and continuing education establishments specializing in shorter-term workforce and career development training for specific occupations.  In this regard, the vast majority of the following institutions offer travel and tourism related curriculums including culinary arts; hospitality; and hotel, restaurant and retail management and other related disciplines encompassing business administration and finance; computer information and technology; and arts, entertainment and recreational programs.


PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

CONTACT INFORMATION

Christopher Newport University

757-594-7000; cnu.edu

College of William and Mary

757-221-4000; wm.edu

George Mason University

703-993-1000; gmu.edu

James Madison University

540-568-6211; jmu.edu

Longwood University

434-395-2000; longwood.edu

Norfolk State University

757-823-8600; nsu.edu

Old Dominion University

757-683-3000; odu.edu

Radford University

540-831-5000; radford.edu

University of Mary Washington

540-654-1000; umw.edu

University of Virginia

434-924-0311; virginia.edu

Virginia Commonwealth University

804-828-0100; vcu.edu

Virginia Military Institute

540-464-7207; vmi.edu

Virginia State University

804-524-5000; vsu.edu

Virginia Tech

540-231-6000; vt.edu

   

PRIVATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

CONTACT INFORMATION

Art Institute of Virginia Beach

757-493-6700; artinstitute.edu

Appalachian School of Law

276-935-4349; asl.edu

Averett University

434-791-5600; averett.edu

Bluefield College

276-326-3682; bluefield.edu

Bridgewater College

540-828-8000; bridgewater.edu

Christendom College

540-636-2900; christendom.edu

Eastern Mennonite University

540-432-4000; emu.edu

Emory and Henry College

276-944-4121; ehc.edu

Ferrum College

540-365-2121; ferrum.edu

Hampden-Sydney College

434-223-6000; hsc.edu

Hampton University

757-5000; hamptonu.edu

Hollins

800-456-9595; hollins.edu

Liberty University

434-582-2000; liberty.edu

Lynchburg College

434-544-8100; lynchburg.edu

Mary Baldwin College

540-887-7019; mbc.edu

Marymount University

703-284-1500; marymount.edu

Randolph-Macon College

804-752-7200; rmc.edu

Randolph College

434-947-8000; randolphcollege.edu

Regent University

800-373-5504; regent.edu

Roanoke College

540-375-2500; roanoke.edu

Saint Paul’s College

434-848-3111; saintpauls.edu

Shenandoah University

540-665-4500; su.edu

South University

757-493-6900; southuniversity.edu

Sweet Briar College

434-381-6100; sbc.edu

University of Richmond

804-289-8000; richmond.edu

Virginia Union University

804-257-5600; vuu.edu

Virginia Wesleyan College

757-455-3200; vwc.edu

Washington and Lee University

540-458-8400; wlu.edu

 

   

COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND CONTINUING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

CONTACT INFORMATION

Eastern Shore Community College

757-789-1789; es.vccs.edu

Paul D. Camp Community College

757-925-6300; pdc.edu

Thomas Nelson Community College

757-825-2700; tncc.edu

Tidewater Community College

757-822-1122; tcc.edu

Atlantic University

757-631-8101; atlanticuniv.edu

Bryant and Stratton College

757-896-6001; bryantstratton.edu

Cambridge College Regional Center

757-424-0333; cambridgecollege.edu

Centura College

877-575-5627; centuracollege.edu

Culinary Institute of Virginia

757-858-2433; chefva.com

ECPI Technical College

800-986-1200; ecpi.edu

Everest Institute

888-741-4270; everest.edu

Kaplan College

800-987-6038; kaplancollege.com

ODU Virginia Beach Higher Education Center

757-368-4100; odu.edu/vbhec

Regent University

757-368-4100; regent.educ/academpicspce

Saint Leo University

800-334-5532; saintleo.edu

Strayer University

888-378-7293; strayer.edu

Stratford University

757-497-4466; www.stratford.edu

The George Washington University

757-269-4949; gwu.edu/hamptonroads

The Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center

804-662-7288; hrcvt.edu

The University of Virginia Hampton Roads Center

757-522-1890; scps.virginia.edu

Troy University

757-460-2736; troy.edu