Many jobs opportunities for travel professionals are available as baby boomers retire and travel over the next 20 years. Research from salary.com reflects the median expected annual salaries in Chicago area for the following job categories:
- Customer service representatives $32,423
- Counter and rental agents $33,093
- Corporate travel supervisors $51,229
- Flight attendants $56,7097
- Room reservation managers $41,801
Where can a Moraine Valley Travel Business Management certificate or degree take
Anywhere you want to go!
Complete your education and the sky's the limit with career opportunities:
- Airline ticket counter agent
- Airline gate agent
- Airline ramp agent
- Airline support agent
- Association meeting planner
- Air traffic controller
- Business development manager
- Cruise line land representative
- Cruise sales
- Convention and Visitors Bureau representative
- Customer service agent
- Corporate travel manager
- Flight attendant
- Front desk agent
- Gate/cash attendant
- Heritage interpreter
- Hotel reservation agent
- Motor coach driver
- Museum curator
- Outdoor adventure guide
- President and chief executive officer
- Railroad conductor
- Rental car reservations and sales
- Recreation/activity director (cruise ships)
- Reservations agent
- Step-on guide
- Small business owner/operator
- Ticket office supervisor
- Tour director
Our Grads are Going Places
Where can a Moraine Valley Travel Business Management or Meeting Planner
certificate or degree take you?
Anywhere you want to go!
This industry is not just working for the airlines and travel agencies, said Mary Beth Walsh, professor and program coordinator of Travel Business Management, Meeting Planning and Special Events at Moraine Valley.
Its also about helping corporations negotiate prices and monitor employees travel expenses. The travel industry is not dying, but morphing. Sites such as Travelocity and Orbitz are really travel agencies. The Internet has just changed how and where we do business.
Roz Stuttley was looking to reinvent herself in the special events industry so she enrolled in a Meeting Management class through the Meeting Planning Program. Through networking in class, she landed her dream job as an account manager for Corporate Meetings and Events at Chicago's Field Museum.
"Going to Moraine Valley was one of the best things that happened to me because I wanted to get into planning events, but I wasn't sure how to go in that direction," said Stuttley. "A guest speaker in class suggested I look at cultural institutions, and that's exactly what I did the next day. Four interviews later, I got the job at the Field Museum. I would not be there if I hadn't taken that class at Moraine Valley. It was definitely the step I needed."
Adam Prendergast says Moraine Valley was the gateway to his exciting career. "I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for Moraine Valley," he said. Adam, a Travel-Tourism Program graduate, works with a leading global travel management company. "The courses, the teaching and the overall classroom experiences were invaluable to my career, and now I have incredible opportunities to advance and diversify my professional development with our offices all over the world."
Other graduates of the Travel Business Management and Meeting Planning programs at Moraine Valley have found work in businesses such as Arlington Park race track, Chicago's Shoreline Cruises, Apple Vacations, the Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau, major airlines, on large cruise ships, and more.