Business, Public Service and Tourism

The Business, Public Service, and Tourism Career Pathway encompasses a wide range of career interests and opportunities, including business management and administration, finance, entrepreneurship, government and public administration, law and public safety, and hospitality and tourism. Students and alumni exploring careers in these fields will find customized resources, programs, and services to help them achieve their career goals and develop world readiness – the skills they need for life, citizenship, and work.


Career clusters included in this Career Pathway include:


  • Business Management and Administration – includes careers leading and managing businesses, including planning, organizing, and support. This includes entrepreneurship, retail, real estate, and careers leading and managing for-profit, not-for-profit, and government organizations.


  • Finance – includes careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management, including with organizations like banks, insurance agencies, and investment funds.


  • Government and Public Administration – includes careers in government at all levels, including local, state, and federal government entities, international and intergovernmental organizations, and non-government organizations (NGOs). These careers may include public policy, international relations, language and translation, security, natural resources, economic development, and public services.


  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security – includes careers in law, public safety, corrections, and security. Pre-law students are included in this career cluster.


  • Hospitality and Tourism – includes careers in managing, marketing, and operations of restaurants, lodging, attractions, recreation, entertainment, sports, and travel.


You are welcome to engage with as many pathways as you would like! Take time to review the community – check out the articles and blog posts and explore the resources to learn more about these industries. You will also find things you can do now, like joining a related student organization or getting involved with a professional association, to explore and develop relevant skills and knowledge.


Gator Career Chat: National and State Parks, Environmental Protection, and Conservation (workshop recap + recording)

On Thursday, February 22, 2024 the Career Connections Center hosted a panel presentation featuring professionals with careers in federal and state parks, environmental protection, and conversation, including UF alumni in these roles. Attendees gained valuable insights into diverse and rewarding …

By Gabby Diaz-Portalatin
Gabby Diaz-Portalatin Career Pathways Coach
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Gator Career Chats help you explore AI in healthcare, careers in conservation, modern manufacturing, sales, sports, and more!

You’re invited to attend the spring 2024 Gator Career Chat series. Gator Career Chats help you explore careers across various Career Pathways and are led by UF alumni and friends of the Gator Nation who will share their career journeys, highlights …

By David Adams
David Adams Assistant Director for Career Pathways – Business, Public Service, and Tourism
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Learn more about The Washington Internship Program and how to land an internship on Capitol Hill

Info Session Recap

Shelby Beck, Federal Relations Associate, UF Office of Federal Relations, and Dr. Kevin Bird, Lecturer and Experiential Learning Coordinator, Bob Graham Center for Public Service, overviewed the Washington Internship Program (WIP), which provides a full-time internship in …

By David Adams
David Adams Assistant Director for Career Pathways – Business, Public Service, and Tourism
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Explore careers in government and nonprofits with our Careers in the Public Sector event series

You’re invited to the Careers in the Public Sector event series, where you’ll join the Career Connections Center and UF alumni, friends, and industry partners to explore careers in government and the nonprofit sector. The series features Gator Career Chats …

By David Adams
David Adams Assistant Director for Career Pathways – Business, Public Service, and Tourism
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Is Hospitality a Good Career Path?

Have you ever wondered if working in hotels/resorts is a good career path for you? With a robust hospitality job market and plenty of diverse positions to choose from, a hotel or resort career could be your ideal profession. In …

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PO Box 118507
Gainesville, FL 32611-8507

Career Service Hours

Monday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm

We are located on Level 1 of the Reitz Union.