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Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management Careers

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TEMM Career Fields

Richland College’s Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management program can prepare you for several different career fields.

Exposition, exhibition and trade show management includes the planning of events that bring buyers and sellers together.

Job titles may include:

  • Conference coordinator or associate conference coordinator
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Operations coordinator or associate operations coordinator
  • Sales administrator
  • Show director or manager
  • Trade show assistant

Meeting and event management includes career opportunities for managers who ensure that meetings and events, from small to large, are productive and successful. Meeting and event managers work for:

  • Corporations
  • Associations
  • Hotels
  • Professional organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Religious organizations

Work opportunities include:

  • Account executive
  • Administrative assistant
  • Conference director
  • Corporate meeting director
  • Event planner or manager
  • Meeting manager
  • Meeting planner or senior meeting planner
  • Special events coordinator
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Hospitality generally consists of two service sectors: hotels and lodging and restaurant and food service. If you enjoy meeting a wide variety of different people and working in an environment that is different every day, you’re an ideal candidate for this booming industry.

Jobs may include:

  • Catering manager
  • Convention services manager
  • Front office manager
  • General or assistant manager
  • Sales and marketing manager

The U.S. Department of Labor lists the hospitality industry as one of the nation’s top job markets for employment through the year 2016. The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration lists the hospitality industry as a high-growth sector, with accommodation and food services making up about 8.1 percent of employment in the country. Overall job openings are expected to grow 18 percent through 2012, adding more than 1.6 million new jobs.

Travel and tourism offers a wide variety of careers in which travel agents price or cost a travel product, sell the experience, coordinate logistics, process reservations, provide customer service and more.

Work opportunities include:

  • Account assistant or executive
  • Airline sales manager
  • Car rental fleet manager
  • Costing coordinator
  • Cruise coordinator
  • Cruise sales representative
  • Group tour coordinator
  • Marketing manager
  • Public relations director
  • Rental agent
  • Reservation agent
  • Sales agent
  • Tour guide director
  • Travel agency manager

Skills for Success in the Travel and Tourism Industry

Though careers within the travel, tourism, meeting planning, exposition and hospitality industries are widely varied in their job responsibilities, they share important skills sets for success:

  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and with short deadlines
  • Bilingual ability a plus — especially Spanish in Texas
  • Computer skills in basic programs and industry-related software
  • Cooperative work ethic
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking abilities on a short timeline
  • Detailed organizational skills
  • Enjoyment of travel
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills, with the ability to work with a wide variety of personalities
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Multi-tasking
  • Sales and marketing
  • Social perceptiveness that will allow you to understand why people react as they do, especially in stressful situations
  • Problem-solving skills under pressure
  • Time management

Professional positions vary significantly depending on your level of experience, region of the country and size of hiring organization.

According to America’s Career Infonet, related occupations include the following salaries in Texas. Please note that salaries will vary widely according to the size of the company and its city.

Job Median Hourly Rate Median Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2020
Meeting, convention and event planners $20.49 $42,600 +40%
Public relations specialists $25.18 $52,400 +24%
Sales managers $53.54 $111,400 +16%
Marketing managers $59.08 $122,900 +18%
Travel agents $17.58 $36,600 +2%
Lodging managers $21.67 $45,100 +19%