Career in Indian tourism

bret lee at taj mahal

Introduction :

India is one of the famous tourist destination for the people coming from all part of the world. India’s natural and historical heritage, art culture, lifestyle and literature is well known throughout the world, the field of Indian tourism contains so many job options and fruitful career for an individual. Below we are highlighting various aspects and tips which will help you to rise in Indian tourism industry.

Regular growth :

According to a report published by ASOCHEM, tourism sector will fetch more employment opportunities then agriculture sector in 2019, even a rapid growth can be

seen in Indian tourism industry with lots of career options and scope, as per calculation of world travel and tourism council about 6.4 % contribution in Indian GDP was made through tourism industry in India.

bret lee at taj mahal

Bret Lee posing at Taj Mahal

Job options:

There is huge scope of getting a good job in Government tourism department, travel agencies, airlines, hotels etc as per qualification and eligibility. This industry will also give you opportunities to rise as a self employed individual in various roles. You can become a tour guide, tour operator, tour planner, sales and marketing and other designations are also available in tourism industry.


You can do a graduate or post graduate specialized course in tourism, even you can opt for short term courses of certification or diploma as per your need and eligibility. The under graduate (Bachelor) courses are of 3 years  duration on regular scheme, correspondingly the post graduate courses are of 2 years duration. The certification and diploma short term courses can vary by 6 months to 1 year as per course syllabus.


If you are interested to join this growing industry, then minimum qualification is higher secondary passed certificate viz. 12th STD pass and for post graduate diploma courses the minimum qualification is graduation. Students belong to any stream or subjects can take admission in tourism related courses.

Personal skills:

If you want to have a bright future ahead in tourism industry then your communication techniques should be strong in domestic languages, in English as well as you should try to learn one foreign language as an added advantage to your profile. Tourism industry is totally depended upon hospitality, customer relations and contacts, so you have to learn about climatic conditions of different countries, festival, cultures, food style etc.

Popular area:

In tourism sector, one can become a tourist guide, tour escort manager, tour agent etc. You can also join to different wings of tourism industry such as adventure tourism, heritage tourism, beach tourism, rural tourism, wild life tourism, eco tourism etc.


Your salary is totally depended upon your eligibility, experience and certification course however tourism industry gives out good salary compared to other sector. Your salary is also depended upon your personal skills and related knowledge.

Main institutes:

Delhi University, Delhi

Indira Gandhi National open university, Delhi

Jeevaji university, Gwalior

Devi Ahaliya University, Indore

Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan, New Delhi

Indian institute of tourism and travel management, New Delhi

Lucknow university, Lucknow

Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla

Bundelkhand university, Jhansi

Andhra university, Vishakapatnam

Madurai Kamraj University, Tamil Nadu

Tezpur university, Assam.