Travel Agents

General Information

Description

Plan and sell transportation and accommodations for customers. Determine destination, modes of transportation, travel dates, costs, and accommodations required. May also describe, plan, and arrange itineraries and sell tour packages. May assist in resolving clients' travel problems.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit70.56%
  2. Self-employed24.06%
  3. Private, not for profit3.03%
  4. State and local government0.93%
  5. Federal government0.73%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of travel agents is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 7,500 openings for travel agents are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$42,350

State-by-state Salary

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$58,830
$22,840
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 37%
  • High school 30%
  • Bachelor's degree 14%
  • Post-secondary certificate 11%
  • Some college 6%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • English Language
  • Clerical
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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