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Career Guide: Is Tourism A Good Course To Study In Nigeria?

Due to the state of Nigeria’s education and labour sector, there are always opinions that some courses aren’t worth studying. The main reason will be that there are no lucrative jobs in the industry. 

Tourism is one of the courses that receive this sort of criticism. Many people are of the opinion that studying tourism in Nigeria isn’t worth it. Is this true or false? Find out in this post as we review tourism as a course in Nigeria. 

Where can I study tourism in Nigeria?

Tourism as a course falls under different courses in Nigeria. For example, while some schools offer tourism under Tourism studies, others offer the course under Hospitality and Tourism Management. The best option to go for, however, is pure tourism studies. Here are the schools where you can study tourism in Nigeria:

  • Abia State University 
  • Afe Babalola University
  • Ahmadu Bello University
  • Ambrose Alli University
  • Babcock University
  • Bayero University Kano
  • Benson Idahosa University
  • Delta State University
  • Ebonyi State University
  • Ekiti State University
  • Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta
  • Igbinedion University
  • Imo State University
  • Kwara State University
  • Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
  • Madonna University
  • Michael Okpara University
  • National Open University of Nigeria
  • Niger Delta University
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University 
  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Osun State University
  • Redeemer’s University
  • Rivers State University of Science and Technology
  • University of Benin
  • University of Calabar
  • University of Ilorin
  • University of Jos
  • University of Lagos
  • University of Maiduguri
  • University of Nigeria
  • University of Port Harcourt
  • Usman Dan Fodio University

What are the requirements to study tourism?

As it is customary in Nigeria, you need to take and pass your WAEC and JAMB exams to study tourism at the university. For your WAEC, you need at least 5 credit passes among which must include English Language, Mathematics, and Economics.

For your JAMB, the ideal subject combination upon registration is English Language, Mathematics, Economics, and any other course. Are you applying as a direct entry student? If yes, then you must have an ND/HND relevant to Tourism. You can also apply with a degree even if not relevant to tourism. 

These are the basic requirements to study tourism. If you tick all the boxes, you can then apply to your school of choice and take your admission exams. You’ll get admission only if you meet the cut-off mark of Tourism for your school. 

While the JAMB cut-off mark for tourism is 160, schools do have their cut-off marks. Nevertheless, the cut-off mark won’t be too high since the number of applicants for tourism is usually not very high. 

What job can I get in tourism?

With a tourism degree, you can get a job in the travel, hospitality, and tourism industries. If you’re unaware, the industry is a very large one. The top 15 jobs you can get in tourism according to Indeed.com include:

  • Hotel night auditor
  • Chef’s assistant
  • Tour guide
  • Valet (parking guest vehicles)
  • Hotel housekeeper
  • Flight attendant
  • Concierge (helping tourists handle tasks)
  • Spa manager
  • Event coordinator 
  • Sommelier (wine expert)
  • Hotel general manager 
  • Travel agent 
  • Resort manager
  • Executive chef 
  • Hotel sales coordinator 

As you can see, there are many classy jobs in the tourism industry. The problem, however, is that most Nigerian employers believe anybody can do this job. In other words, it doesn’t require specialization but this is wrong. Studying tourism makes you professionally qualified to handle offices like that of a tour guide, hotel general manager, resort manager, and flight attendant to name a few.

Is studying tourism hard?

From the experiences of people who have studied tourism, the course isn’t a difficult one. However, this doesn’t mean it is easy; you just won’t have many issues if you put in the effort to study and pass your exams. 

Some of the classes you undertake when studying tourism in the university include Personal communication, Strategic management, Economics, Basic Accounting, Business psychology, Marketing, Sales and promotion, Management theories, Research methods, Internships, and Law.

You also have to take elective courses like a language course, Management theme parks, Tour guiding studies, Restaurant and catering management studies, and Management accommodation. From all these courses, it’ll clear how you’ll be qualified to handle all the job positions listed earlier. 

What is the highest paying job in tourism?

Here are some of the highest-paying jobs in the tourism industry and their average salaries. 

  • Hotel Manager: $49,000 per year – about N20 million 
  • Flight Attendant: $40,700 per year – about N17 million 
  • Restaurant Manager: $45,700 per year – about N19 million
  • Entertainment Manager: $52,900 per year – about N22 million
  • Event Planner: $47,700 per year – about N19 million
  • Travel Consultant: $41,700 per year – about N17 million 

These are the global average salaries for these tourism jobs. The case is different in Nigeria when you consider our low minimum wage and the lack of jobs in the labour market. 

Is tourism a good career?

There’s been a lot of talks about the tourism industry going downhill. If that is true, then, unfortunately, tourism won’t be a good career. It gets even worse considering the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria. 

Take 2020 for instance, the lockdown due to the coronavirus affecting many sectors, and the tourism sector was one of the major sufferers. Tourism may still make a good career but it is questionable in Nigeria. 

Bottom Line

Well, tourism isn’t a bad course to study in the university but, it suffers the same as so many other courses in Nigeria. The problem is the lack of jobs. Nevertheless, if you’re studying tourism, you can come out and be self-employed; there are so many options for self-employment. 

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