What are the Best Travel Jobs of 2016?

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Want to travel the world and make money at it? Of course you do, but what are the best travel jobs out there this year? This is one of those situations where the answer is, it depends. Let’s look at a variety of statistics and reports that are released every year.

Flight Attendants: For example, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the employment of flight attendants is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024, but that’s lower than the average for all occupations.

Travel Agents: Unfortunately, however, the need for travel agents is headed south, projected to decline 12 percent over the next 10 years. That said, there is great opportunity if you can specialize. While the ability of travelers to use the Internet to research vacations and book their own trips is expected to continue to suppress demand for travel agents, job prospects should be best for travel agents who specialize in specific destinations or particular types of travelers.

Pilots: Maybe it’s time to get your pilot’s license because according to several sources, there is going to be an increased need for pilots. In a report from CNN Money, Boeing (BA) forecast that more than a half million new commercial airline pilots will be needed over the next 20 years and that 609,000 new commercial aircraft maintenance workers will be required by 2034.

According to Forbes, Oliver Wyman’s 2016-2026 Global Fleet & MRO Market Forecast expects the number of commercial aircraft in service in the U.S. to rise 7.7 percent during the next 20 years to 8,067. The forecast also expects the number of commercial aircraft in the global fleet to rise 40 percent to 34,437 aircraft.

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Employment growth changes as well, depending on what resource you check. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, employment growth in the travel and tourism industries has decelerated, increasing only 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 after increasing 2.2 percent in the third quarter. For the year 2015, employment in the travel and tourism industries increased 2.6 percent after increasing 2.5 percent in 2014.
In the hospitality industry, Jim Abrahamson, CEO of Interstate Hotels and Resorts and chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association said that the industry's growth will demand new talent.

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In a Hotel News Resource article, it was said that hotel/resort management jobs had quarter-over-quarter increases in terms of jobs posted by US employers included. The five most in-demand US hotel/resort non-management jobs in Q3 were housekeeper, front desk, administration, cook, and maintenance.

It is said that by 2026, Travel & Tourism is expected to support 370 million jobs in total globally, which will equate to 1 in 9 of all jobs in the world.

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