Building a Career in One of O.C.’s Biggest Industries.

The Los Angeles/Orange County region’s Retail/Hospitality/Tourism sector is the largest in the state, accounting for one-third of the region’s businesses and jobs. It is no surprise that this sector employs more people than any other sector in Orange County. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.

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Careers in Retail, Hospitality & Tourism

Orange County offers countless opportunities in the high-energy Retail/Hospitality/Tourism industry.

Food Service & Drinking Establishments | Accommodation | Activities/Amusement | Transportation | Fashion Design | Fashion Merchandising | Sales & Marketing | Travel & Tourism Services

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Skills Gained

Get the critical knowledge and tools to succeed in a Retail/Hospitality/Tourism career.

Critical Thinking | Cultural Sensitivity | Situational Awareness | Teamwork | Creativity | Problem Solving | Communication | Customer Service | Work Ethic | Listening

Earning Potential for Careers in Retail, Hospitality & Tourism

Your Career Education in Retail/Hospitality/Tourism opens doors to bigger opportunities, higher salaries, and more! 

  • Bus Drivers, School or Special Client: $23,780 – $38,950
  • Chefs & Head Cooks: $33,950 – $61,870
  • Fabric & Apparel Pattern-Makers: $31,120 – $65,410
  • Fashion Designers: $46,650 – $97,290
  • First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparationand Serving Workers: $24,960 – $43,390
  • First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers: $30,230 – $50,790
  • Fitness Trainers & Aerobics Instructors: $24,970 – $56,190
  • Hotel, Motel & Resort Desk Clerks: $19,690 – $26,810
  • Meeting, Convention & Event Planners: $35,680 – $63,800
  • Merchandise Displayers: $21,850 – $49,440
  • Wholesale Retail Buyers: $47,070 – $81,830

I started taking classes. We have the Fashion Collections class. We have a huge fashion runway. It was pretty amazing. 

Mario
Fullerton College student

Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Facts

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Tourism-related jobs employ more people in Orange County than any other sector.

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According to the World Atlas, Orange County is the 4th most visited place in the United States, and the most visited in California; the county attracted 48.2 million visitors in 2016.

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The retail industry accounts for 152,000 jobs, or 10% of Orange County’s total workforce.

Orange County Community Colleges