S.T.E.M. and the Future of the Tourism Industry

By: Joan Ronstadt

There is a constant deluge of phrases like “times are tough,” “things aren’t looking good in the job market,” and “economic downturn.” We hear these phrases from friends, family and the news; complaints that it is difficult to find a job virtually anywhere. However, there are openings out there in the S.T.E.M. world. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are the subjects that will (and are in the process of) become the most important jobs of the future.

Students who are currently in school, ranging from elementary to college, are being encouraged to focus their studies on these subjects. There is an unfortunate lack of people studying these very important topics. This is why there is a huge job market for people graduating with science, technology, engineering or math degrees. These are critical subjects to help promote innovation and the advancement of our society.

Although strange to think about, S.T.E.M. will have a significant impact on the tourism industry. Normally people who work in the industry have some sort of business degree, which is obviously useful. Yet these subjects, and the people who study them, will be making waves through the industry.

The most important will be the most obvious, technology. Technology is quickly changing our world, regardless of what industry you work in. Through technology, the pace is quickened and there is no option but to keep up. It will help with innovation, efficiency, and help better experiences for both suppliers and consumers.

Although technology will be the biggest influence from the S.T.E.M. family, science, engineering and math will also have their roles in the tourism industry. In fact, these subjects are becoming so important, that institutions are beginning to offer classes about how they interact with the tourism industry. One can find several class syllabi online for classes like “Engineering and Management in the Tourism Industry,” “Mathematics for Travel and Tourism,” and  “Business Math in Tourism.” Not only that, but many regular tourism and travel courses require certain math pre-requisites. These are all signs that S.T.E.M. is not only important globally, but will have a definite impact on the tourism industry.

S.T.E.M. are subjects that are begging people to study them and are critical for our advancement. This is not to say that they don’t have a place in this industry. People with degrees in these subjects will ultimately become invaluable to tourism and can help contribute excellence.