Tourism Development and Management

Through the BS in tourism development and management, students acquire the planning and management skills related to the growth and development of tourism throughout the world. The curriculum prepares students for employment across a wide variety of occupations in the rapidly expanding travel and tourism industry, while taking full advantage of its strong connections with the professional tourism community in Phoenix.The required internship component of the program allows students to gain practical experiences leading to professional positions in various travel, tourism and related fields. Exposure to the practices of heritage tourism, sustainable tourism, resort management and meeting and convention planning, prepares students for successful careers in the travel and tourism industry. While pursuing the bachelor's in tourism development and management, a student may also choose to complete a certificate in convention sales and meeting planning. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program.
Degree: 
BS
Degree Awarded: 
Tourism Development and Management
Department: 
School of Community Resources and Development
Additional Program Fee: 
N
Minimum math requirement: 
MAT 142 - College Mathematics
Second Language Requirement: 
N

The travel and tourism industry is the largest employer in the world and the second largest in Arizona. Based upon interests, graduates can seek work in the public, nonprofit or private and commercial sectors. Graduates find employment in such diverse settings as resorts, meeting planning, convention and visitor bureaus, tour operations and commercial recreation businesses. In such settings, graduates design, develop and manage services that address the needs of a particular clientele. The metropolitan Phoenix area is a major hub of tourism in the southwestern U.S. and has experienced rapid growth in:

  • business and corporate travel
  • meetings and conventions
  • resorts and hotels
  • sports tourism
  • state and national parks
  • the air transportation sector
  • the gaming and casino sectors

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Advertising and Promotions Managers-1.71%$88,590
Food Service Managers5.31%$47,960
Lodging Managers4.68%$46,810
Loss Prevention Managers 7.32%$100,890
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers12.93%$95,450
Travel Agents-1.13%$34,600
Travel Guides$30,780

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

  • Bright Outlook
  • Green Occupation