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Travel Agents

Travel Agents
Quick Facts : Travel Agents*
2010 Median Pay$31,870
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201282,800
Job Outlook10% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change8,300


Travel agents take care of accommodations for transportation, lodging, and entertainment plans for people or groups going on trips. They advise them on destinations, plan trip itineraries, and travel arrangements for clients.

What Travel Agents Do

  • Determine customers' needs and preferences, such as schedules and costs
  • Plan and arrange tour packages, excursions, and day trips
  • Book reservations for travel, hotels, rental cars, and special events, such as tours and excursions
  • Tell clients about their trip, including details on required documents, such as passports or visas, local weather conditions, customs, and attractions
  • Make alternate booking arrangements if changes arise before or during the trip

Work Environment

Travel agents work in offices, where they spend much of their time on the phone and on the computer. Most travel agents work for travel agencies, although about 14 percent are self-employed.
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Job Outlook

Employment of travel agents is projected to grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, however, the ability of travelers to research vacations and book their own trips using the Internet is expected to continue to suppress demand for travel agents.
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Pay

The average salary of travel agents was $31,870 in May 2010.
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Travel Agents*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Travel Agents

31870

Sales Occupations

43308.1818

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Travel Agents*
Percent Change in Employment

Travel Agents

10.0242

Sales Occupations

14.306078997525303

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Travel Agents

Employers may prefer candidates who have taken classes related to the travel industry, however, a high school diploma is typically required for entry. Many community colleges, vocational schools, and industry associations offer technical training or continuing education classes in professional travel planning.
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