Tourism Development and Management (Sustainable Tourism)

The tourism development and management major provides students with the theoretical understanding necessary to maneuver the complexities of one of the world's largest industries. A concentration in sustainable tourism allows majors to hone their understanding of the key concepts of sustainability and how these can be applied to tourism destinations and development. Students will learn the dominant theories and language that make up sustainability science and the skills necessary to measure, create and implement sustainability policies in tourism destinations, from the planning to the management stage of development. Students will take courses offered by the School of Sustainability in addition to courses in the School of Community Resources and Development, guaranteeing a strong foundation in the basic theories of the growing field of sustainability while applying these newfound skills to tourism development and management.
Degree Awarded: 
Tourism Development and Management (Sustainable Tourism)
School of Community Resources and Development
Additional Program Fee: 
Minimum math requirement: 
MAT 142 - College Mathematics
Second Language Requirement: 

The area of sustainable tourism is becoming increasingly important. Many tourism businesses are hiring sustainability coordinators; these businesses include hotels, airlines, convention and visitor bureaus and large attractions. Tour companies, such as those that implement ecotourism and volunteer tourism experiences, are especially interested in employees with a strong sustainable tourism background. Numerous sustainable tourism nonprofit organizations have emerged in recent years, and many government-related tourism organizations also hire those with a strong sustainability focus. Consulting opportunities are available to assist tourism businesses in developing sustainable practices as well.

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
Compliance Managers 7.32%$100,890
Food Service Managers5.31%$47,960
Green Marketers -1.71%$88,590
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 15.63%$45,810
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).

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