Travel Agent

Organize business and pleasure trips for your clients.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Travel Agents do?

As a Travel Agent you organize trips for business and leisure travelers, coordinating flights, trains, cars, hotels, and everything in between. Thanks to your know-how and connections, you help people who are traveling for business or pleasure get where they need to be, and do it hassle-free. This is the perfect job for someone who enjoys traveling, and has a sense of adventure.

You will spend your days helping clients find the perfect destinations, arranging transportation, accommodations, and entertainment. Often, you will be attending to those little details that will make your customer’s trip run more smoothly, such as arranging for airport or dock pickup, scheduling tours, and restaurant reservations. And you’ll do this all with a budget in mind, searching out the best deals and balancing those deals with your client’s desired convenience.

Putting together complicated trips can be very challenging, but fantastically rewarding: changing the plane tickets twice, and researching 5 different hotels all helps create a hardworking family’s dream vacation or makes a newlywed couple’s fantasy honeymoon a reality.

While there are many internet sites available now that help travelers arrange their own trips and vacations, they can’t replace the knowledge, experience, and connections of a professional Travel Agent. Whether you choose to work for an agency or from home as an independent Travel Agent, your sales and organization skills, combined with the ability to please your clients and turn them into repeat customers will determine how far you can go in this career.

Should I be a Travel Agent?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Social: You're happiest working on teams or with other people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Corporate Travel Agent, Tour Agent

    How to become a Travel Agent

    Most Travel Agents have a Certificate or no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:98acaa&chl=no+college+%2849%25%29|certificate+%2848%25%29||bachelor%27s+%282%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,49,49
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