Travel & Tourism Industry: Career Paths

Hotel Manager
Step 1
(18 yrs)
Hotel & Hospitality degree
Napier University - Edinburgh
Step 2
(22 yrs)
Management Training Programme
(Includes 2 years relevant work experience)
Large Hotel group - Edinburgh
Salary:
£12K - £15K
Step 3
(24 yrs)
Masters in Business Administration
(Not essential but useful in more senior positions)
Robert Gordon University - Aberdeen
Step 4
(25 yrs)
Assistant Front of House Manager
Small Hotel Chain - Dundee
Salary:
£20K
Step 5
(27 yrs)
Deputy Manager
Hotel Chain - Glasgow
Salary:
£25K
Step 6
(32 yrs)
(After being relocated &/ changing employer)
General Manager
Large National Hotel - Edinburgh
Salary:
£55K
Step 7
(34 yrs)
Regional Manager
Large International Hotel - Edinburgh
Salary:
£70K
Step 8
(36 yrs)
Management Consultant
NB- Career breaks are possible, as is self-employment. More than 50% of hotel managers are self-employed in small hotels, motels, inns and residential clubs.
Large International Hotel - Glasgow
Salary:
£80K+
Tourism officer
Step 1
(18 yrs)
Tourism Management Degree
Abertay University - Dundee
Step 2
(22 yrs)
Graduate training course
Tourism Management Institute
Step 3
(24 yrs)
Work experience
Tourism promotional assistant - Dundee
Salary:
£15K
Step 4
(28 yrs)
Tourism officer
Small district council - Angus
Salary:
£18K
Step 5
(30 yrs)
Tourism officer
Large Tourist resort - Edinburgh
Salary:
c£22K
Step 6
(32 yrs)
Tourism director
Private development company - Fife
Salary:
£27K
Step 7
Regional Tourism Director
Council - Perthshire
Salary:
£33K
Step 8
Self- employed
Free-lance marketing and consultancy work
Salary:
potential - £60K
Tour Manager
Step 1
(18 yrs)
Tourism Degree
Strathclyde University - Glasgow
Step 2
(22 yrs)
Attend ‘Aspire’- an annual event aimed at people wanting to go into the travel and tourism industry to get an insight into your chosen career path.
The Institute of Travel and Tourism
Step 3
(22 yrs)
Work experience
I.e. in a travel agency
Step 4
(23yrs)
Staff training and development programme
Leading professional body - Edinburgh
Step 5
(24yrs)
Tour Manager
Small tour operator - Perth
Salary:
£10K
Step 6
(26yrs)
Tour Manager
Large tour operator - Edinburgh
Salary:
£12K
Step 7
(28yrs)
Tour Manager Leader
Large international tour operator - Glasgow
(Office based- working on tour development)
Salary:
£15K
Step 8
(30yrs)
Certificate of Tour Management Accreditation
(Offered to experienced tour managers in recognition of their qualifications)
International Association of Tour Managers
Step 9
(30yrs)
Research Manager
International tour operator - Edinburgh
Salary:
£30K
Step 10
(32yrs)
Self-employed
Start own tour operation business - Australia ?
Salary:
potential: £50K
Tourism Marketer
Step 1
(18yrs)
BA Marketing & Tourism
Hons Tourism
Strathclyde University - Glasgow
Step 2
(22yrs)
Marketing Production Assistant
Global Tour Operator - Dundee
Salary:
£15K
Step 3
(24yrs)
Marketing Executive
National Tour Operator - Edinburgh
Salary:
£18K
Step 4
(26yrs)
Studio Manager
Leading professional body - Edinburgh
Salary:
£25K
Step 5
(28yrs)
Marketing manager
Global Tour Operator - Dundee
Salary:
£30K
Step 6
(30yrs)
Head of Marketing for tour operator
Large tour operator - Glasgow
Salary:
£40K - £50K
Step 7
(32yrs)
Marketing Director
Global Tour Operator-Glasgow
Salary:
£50K+