Travel Agent

Quick Facts: Travel Agents
2012 Median Pay $34,600 per year
$16.64 per hour
Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Moderate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2012 73,300
Job Outlook, 2012-22 -12% (Decline)
Employment Change, 2012-22 -8,900

What Travel Agents Do

Travel agents sell transportation, lodging, and admission to entertainment activities to individuals and groups planning trips. They offer advice on destinations, plan trip itineraries, and make travel arrangements for clients.

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 12 percent were self-employed in 2012.

How to Become a Travel Agent

A high school diploma typically is required for someone to become a travel agent. However, many employers prefer additional formal training as well. Good communication and computer skills are essential.

Pay

The median annual wage for travel agents was $34,600 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of travel agents is projected to decline 12 percent from 2012 to 2022. Job prospects should be best for travel agents who specialize in specific destinations or particular types of travelers, such as groups with a special interest or corporate travelers.