Tourism Takes You Places

    The tourism workforce encompasses several business sectors, including hotels, restaurants, retail shopping, attractions, sports & recreation, meeting & wedding planning, festivals, and transportation services. In addition, destination marketing organizations like the Visit Johnston County office, market and manage growth for tourism in destinations around the world.  

    A variety of jobs are available in the hospitality field and they are very diverse in nature - from managing a forest, planning weddings, working in hotels, or even becoming an AirBNB host. Marketing, publicity, tourism sales, website management, and curating social media content are just a few of the positions destination marketing organizations seek for promoting a destination.

    The perception that tourism jobs are low-paying and offer no advancement could not be further from the truth. Yes, many entry-level jobs in retail, restaurant, and hotel management may be minimum wage, but college degrees are available for management positions for those individuals interested in tourism as a career. 

    For a selection of jobs, their education requirements, and avg. salaries, visit this resource with NC

    A hotel worker holding a hotel key card at a hotel in Johnston County, NC.

    The following NC 4-year universities, community colleges, and private culinary schools are great examples of secondary education available for students:  

    *Dual admission is an excellent approach to affordable education and offers a strategic option to secure admissions in a highly competitive college market. Johnston Community College has been selected by NC State, ECU, and UNCW to provide the foundational courses and initial collegiate experience to dual admission participants!

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