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Industry: Hospitality & Tourism

Are you interested in providing friendly, efficient, and attentive customer service? Do you think of creative ways to make a leisure experience truly unique and memorable? You are in the right place! Careers in Hospitality & Tourism offer opportunities to focus on management, marketing, sports and entertainment, lodging and tourism, event planning, travel, recreation, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our resources to launch your job, internship, or graduate school search.

Make an Appointment with a Career Coach

  • Log into your MyUTK account.
  • Select “Academic Support” from the options at the top of the screen and select “Vol Connect” from the dropdown menu.
  • This will take you to the Vol Connect student portal.
  • Click “Connect” from the options at the top of the screen and select “Schedule Appointments” from the dropdown menu.
  • Click the blue “Schedule an Appointment” button.
  • Select the “Teams” tab.
  • Select the Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration.
  • Select the topic (Career Coaching) and subtopic. 
  • Select the preferred date, time, staff member, and modality.
  • Indicate what you would like to discuss during your appointment in the comment box.
  • To confirm the appointment, click “Schedule ___ Appointment.” Your appointment will NOT be saved until you click this button.
  • Please call 865-974-5435 if you have problems scheduling your appointment online.


Example Career Paths and Job Titles 

Operations Manager Property and Facility Manager Timeshare Manager Front Office Manager Catering Manager Exhibit Coordinator Conference and Convention Manager Reservations and Sales Guest Relations Coordinator Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
Food Quality and Food Safety Manager Cooks/Chefs Menu Designer Food and Beverage Manager Hosts and Hostesses Food Safety Banquet and Catering Manager Cost Control
Travel Planner/Agent Reservations and Sales Coordinator Corporate Travel Manager Attraction Manager Tour Guide Hospitality Training & Education International Tourism Management Niche Travel Planner Tourism Promotions Manager
Sales and Marketing Customer/Guest Services Human Resources/Training General Management Owner/Operator

Career Resources

Use this section to learn about student organizations you can join at UT as well as local platforms to learn more about this industry, network with professionals and peers with similar interests, and build transferable skills.

Use this section to find out about professional associations and institutes within this industry. Many have student membership options and joining a professional organization can be a great way to learn about the industry and network. In addition, many have their own job listings page.