Have you ever been fascinated about traveling? Do you love working with different types of people? Or are you someone who enjoys learning more about various cultures? If your answer is yes, perhaps a degree in tourism could be the right one for you!
With the booming state of tourism in the Philippines and abroad, this field can provide you with a very promising career path in the future. But before you enroll in this course, here are some of the essential things you need to know.
What is Bachelor of Science in Tourism?
The Bachelor of Science in Tourism (BS Tourism) is a 4-year multidisciplinary degree that trains students in becoming leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, and qualified personnel in the tourism industry. It focuses on cultural aspects such as travel, language, and history. Another closely related program BS Tourism Management, on the other hand, concentrates more on business consciousness, entrepreneurship, and hospitality.
There is no required board examination for BS Tourism, though graduates are required to take and pass the Civil Service Examination for government-related jobs.
Strands in Accountancy, Business, and Management under the Academic track as well as Home Economics strands under the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood track are possible avenues that you can take in case you want to venture into the tourism field.
What are the subjects included in BS Tourism?
It covers subjects on management, basic accounting and finance, planning and development, tourism laws, as well as other facets of tourism. Here are some of the interesting areas that you will encounter in this course based on the Commission on Higher Education:
- Philippine Culture and Tourism Geography
- Risk Management as Applied to Safety, Security, and Sanitation
- Quality Service Management in Tourism and Hospitality
- Macro Perspective of Tourism and Hospitality
- Professional Development and Applied Ethics
- Multicultural Diversity in Workplace for the Tourism Professional
- Tourism and Hospitality Marketing
- Micro Perspective of Tourism and Hospitality
- Entrepreneurship in Tourism and Hospitality
What skills do I need to have to succeed in BS Tourism?
Good interpersonal and people skills are required to succeed in this course. A good sense of organization and strong English proficiency could also be helpful as you enter this industry. Aside from these, here are other skills that you might need:
- Knowledge of community resources
- Critical thinking
- Research and planning
- Good understanding of human relationships
- Ability to work well under pressure
What are the career opportunities for graduates of BS Tourism?
- Travel account manager
- Department of Tourism staff
- Tour Coordinator
- Tourism Officer
- Event Planner
- Conference and Event Manager
Which schools in the Philippines offers BS Tourism?
While there are many schools in the country that offers this course, here are the schools that have a Center of Excellence and Center of Development in Tourism.