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Average Annual Salary for Travel Agents:

Experience, sales ability, and the size and location of the agency determine the salary of a travel agent. Median annual earnings of travel agents were $27,640 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $21,600 and $35,070. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,180, while the top 10 percent earned more than $44,090. - OOH

Salaried agents usually enjoy standard employer-paid benefits that self-employed agents must provide for themselves. When traveling for personal reasons, agents usually get reduced rates for transportation and accommodations. In addition, agents sometimes take 'familiarization' trips, at lower cost or no cost to themselves, to learn about various vacation sites. These benefits attract many people to this occupation.

Necessary Education for a Travel Agent Career:

Training at a postsecondary vocational school»», college or university is increasingly important for travel agents.

What is a Travel Agent in a nutshell?

Travel agents give advice to clients on destinations and make arrangements for transportation, hotel accommodations, car rentals, tours and recreation.


Types of Travel Agent careers:

  • Flight Attendant
  • Recreation / Location Guide
  • Reservation and Ticket Agent
  • Executive Secretary

Travel Agent Skills & Responsibilities:

Agents advise international travelers on customs regulations, passports and visas, certificates of vaccination and money exchange rates. They use computers to get information and keep up with frequent changes in travel schedules. They may also advise on weather conditions, restaurants, and tourist attractions.

Well-organized, accurate, and meticulous to compile information from various sources and plan and organize their clients travel itineraries. Other desirable qualifications include good communication, computer, customer service, and sales skills. Patience and the ability to gain the confidence of clients are useful qualities.


Future Outlook for Travel Agents:

The travel industry is sensitive to economic downturns and international political crises, when travel plans are likely to be deferred. Therefore, the number of job opportunities fluctuates.

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