Travel’s Role in Achieving the American Dream
For millions of Americans, a career in the travel industry is not just a first job, but the first step toward the American dream of a stable, prosperous and rewarding life with a competitive salary for employees and their families. Travel jobs are accessible, often providing the first foothold on the career ladder, the flexibility to pursue education or raise a family and opportunities to reenter the workforce.
Made in America: Travel’s Contribution to Workforce Development and Career Advancement explores how travel industry jobs provide opportunities and a path to prosperity for millions of Americans.
Travel jobs are a gateway to capturing the American dream.
The travel industry provides Americans a foothold toward financial success. For millions of Americans, employment in the travel industry is not just a first job; it leads to a future of financial security and economic prosperity.
- Americans whose first job was in travel went on to earn a maximum average salary of $82,400 by the time they were 50 years old—higher than workers whose first jobs were in manufacturing, health care and most other industries.1
- Not only that, the travel industry is one of the top 10 largest employers of middle-class wage earners* in the U.S.
Travel jobs provide and cultivate essential skills for a successful career
- Nearly four in 10 (38%) Americans’ first job was in travel and tourism. This fact spans across gender, race and ethnicity.
Experience in travel fosters entrepreneurship and grows small business
Entrepreneurship is a key driver of prosperity and competitiveness in the U.S.
- The skills gained through travel industry employment inspire entrepreneurship, particularly for women. Of women who started their career in the travel industry, 14% now consider themselves an entrepreneur; the same percentage are business owners.4