The $10 billion hospitality and tourism industry is a growing, vibrant, and fast-paced industry with endless opportunities for advancement. Just some of the exciting careers opportunities include:

  • Event and wedding planner
  • Meetings and conference coordinator
  • Catering sales or coordinator
  • Restaurant manager
  • Hotel manager
  • Sales and marketing
  • Publicity and promotion
  • Community relations
  • Tour guide
  • Property management

Career & salary outlook

The hospitality and tourism field includes many job titles and pay scales. In Whatcom county, hotel and resort desk clerks may start at $10.16 to $10.82 per hour, whereas lodging managers may start at $16.36 to $17.58 per hour. Meeting, convention and event planners may start at $13.18 to $15.10 per hour.

Source: WOIS/The Career Information System (, 2017


Recent graduates have been hired by local businesses and organizations including:

Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Four Points by Sheraton
The Chrysalis Inn & Spa
Haggen Market Street Catering
The Hotel Bellwether
Semiahmoo Resort
The Silver Reef Hotel, Casino and Spa

Career pathways

A visual roadmap to help you reach your career goals.