|Quick Facts: Travel Agents|
$43,810 per year
$21.06 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|20% (Much faster than average)|
What Travel Agents Do
Travel agents sell transportation, lodging, and entertainment activities to individuals and groups planning trips.
Travel agents typically spend much of their day sitting, working on the phone and on the computer. Most travel agents work for travel agencies; many are self-employed.
How to Become a Travel Agent
A high school diploma typically is required for someone to become a travel agent. However, employers may prefer to hire candidates who have sales experience or relevant certification or education. Good communication and customer service skills are essential.
The median annual wage for travel agents was $43,810 in May 2021.
Employment of travel agents is projected to grow 20 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 7,500 openings for travel agents are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many 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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