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Aviation, travel, or tourism: What’s right for you?

Posted on 10/03/2020 by

Whether you’re looking for a job with lots of adventure or something a little less adrenaline-pumping, there’s an ITC qualification for you!

ITC trains people for exciting and rewarding careers in the aviation, travel, and tourism sectors. 

Each of these sectors fall under the main umbrella of the tourism industry, but they are slightly different.

Read on for an overview of each sector to discover which one might be right for you.


The aviation sector includes careers at airports or for airlines. For example, a qualification in aviation might lead to a job as a flight attendant, airport security officer, check-in agent, airport sales assistant, plus many more exciting roles.

You’ll likely love aviation if you enjoy the hustle and bustle of airports, love airplanes and flying in general, and enjoy meeting people from all walks of life. Whether you work on an airplane or in the airport itself, you’ll come into contact with a variety of different cultures and types of travellers. From business travellers to families to tour groups, airports are true melting pots. 


Careers in the travel industry are all about helping people travel from A to B. For example, a qualification in travel might lead to a job as a travel agent, ticketing, reservations & bookings assistant, cruise consultant, and more.

Your job is to find the best mode of travel for your client, or to provide expert assistance about a particular way of travelling (e.g. cruises or trains). 

Jobs in the travel industry often overlap with jobs in the tourism industry, for example you might also book experiences and accommodation, not just transport.

You’ll love the travel industry if you enjoy helping people make their travel goals a reality. You’ll thrive if you’re organised with a high attention to detail.


People often use the word ‘tourism’ to describe aviation and travel jobs, too, which is where it gets a little confusing!

But if you think of aviation and travel as their own separate categories, the rest of the tourism sector is all about providing epic experiences for travellers. For example, being a tour guide, working in adventure tourism (e.g. bungy jumping or white water rafting), or working at a museum, tourism office, or other tourist attraction.

This sector is possibly the broadest. ITC graduates are found in all corners of New Zealand, doing everything from helping people bungy jump to helping people swim with dolphins.

You’ll love tourism if you love helping people enjoy fun, memorable experiences. Your job on the frontline is to make sure they have an incredible time – which often involves having just as much fun as them. A pretty cool career, huh?

Still not sure what’s right for you?

If you’re still not 100% sure on what type of job you’d love to do, don’t worry – that’s normal! With so many jobs out there, it can be nearly impossible to decide what you want to do from the beginning.

Our Travel and Tourism Certificate is an ideal place to start if you want to keep your options open.  

This great little graphic can also give you a glimpse into the many different jobs out there:

Get in touch today to learn how ITC can help get your career off to a flying start. 

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