|Quick Facts: Travel Agents|
$31,870 per year
$15.32 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|10% (About as fast as average)|
Travel agents sell transportation, lodging, and admission to entertainment activities to individuals and groups who are planning trips. They offer advice on destinations, plan trip itineraries, and make travel arrangements for clients.
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 were self-employed in 2010.
A high school diploma is typically required for entry. However, many employers prefer formal training. Good communication and computer skills are essential for travel agents.
The median annual wage of travel agents was $31,870 in May 2010.
Employment of travel agents is projected to increase by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. 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.
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