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Travel agents plan transportation and accommodations for their clients, evaluating the needs of various individuals, families, organizations and business people in order to make the appropriate recommendations and arrangements. Agents may also provide advice regarding specific destinations, attractions, activities, exhibitions, tours and cruise lines or even specialize in particular areas of travel such as business, leisure or unique destinations.

Travel Agent Schools

Although a college education is not necessary to become a travel agent, there are a number of travel agent training programs available to help you learn related knowledge and skills. These can give you a cutting edge when it comes to new trends in travel, places to go, how to best operate reservations systems, and more. While the scope of learning can vary, some of the travel agent training programs are available through:

  • Penn Foster: A diploma in travel and tourism can be completed online in as quickly as six months and better prepare you to seek Travel Agency Proficiency (TAP) certification. After completing this program, students are given a certificate to enroll in a Destination Specialist course through the Travel Institute.
  • The University of Central Florida: This Orlando, Fla., school offers a 250-hour online certificate program through its Department of Continuing Education that helps prepare students to seek TAP certification and understand how a reservation systems works, whether it's for an airline or home-based business.
  • The Travel Agent Training Center: Using a combination of correspondence coursework and online education, this center offers a certificate of completion, which students usually can finish within six months. However, students can pay for and complete one module at a time or enroll for a whole package, which typically entails cost savings.
  • The Travel Academy: Located in Eagan, Minn., The Travel Academy offers training on the SABRE reservations system and is endorsed by the American Society of Travel Agents. There are both 120-hour and 300-hour training options, and The Travel Academy also offers programs for other careers, such as flight attendant and the cruise ship and airport industries.

The travel agent is field more diverse than it might seem, which is why travel agent schools are available to help students gain in-depth knowledge about reservations systems, cruises, sales and marketing, international regulations, car rentals, exotic destinations and more. Some travel agent schools also have the added bonus of helping students prepare for certification, which may be preferred by some travel agencies.

Travel Agent Certification and Licensing

Although just a high school diploma is typically required to become a travel agent, students also might want to consider additional certification and licensing. Alternatively, some agents begin their careers as reservation clerks or receptionists in travel agencies, in which a significant amount of on-the-job training is provided, with an emphasis placed on reservation systems.

Certifications may help travel agents to be more valuable in the field, including the following:

  • Certified Travel Associate and Certified Travel Counselor certificates - available through the Travel Institute. The institute also provides marketing and sales strategies programs as well as destination specialist programs.
  • Global Leadership Professional, Corporate Travel Expert and Corporate Travel Executive certificates - available through the The National Business Travel Association.

A business license may be necessary to work as a travel agent in specific states. Contacting a state and/or local governmental agency can provide more details about the business license requirements and enable applicants to learn more about required fees and processes for renewal.

Resources for Travel Agents

  • The Association of Retail Travel Agents
  • The American Society of Travel Agents
  • The Global Business Travel Association
  • The International Airlines Travel Agent Network
  • The National Association of Career Travel Agents

Sources:

  1. Travel Agents, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Jan. 8 2014. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/sales/travel-agents.htm
  2. Travel Agents, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes413041.htm
  3. Where Will Americans Travel in 2015? The New York Times, Jan. 6, 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/travel/where-will-americans-travel-in-2015-.html?_r=0
  4. Travel and Tourism Specialist Program Overview, Penn Foster. http://www.pennfoster.edu/programs-and-degrees/culinary-arts-and-entertaining/travel-and-tourism-specialist-career-diploma
  5. Travel Agent Training, The University of Central Florida. http://careertraining.ed2go.com/ucf/training-programs/travel-agent
  6. AAA Online Training, The Travel Agent Training Center. http://travelagenttrainingcenter.com/Training
  7. Travel Agent Training, The Travel Academy, http://www.thetravelacademy.com/travel-careers/travel-agent-training

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Travel Agent Schools

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Travel Agent Schools jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 150 $36,880
Birmingham 150 $36,880
Mobile N/A $34,710
Huntsville N/A $35,850
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 90 $36,060
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 1270 $35,450
Mesa 1270 $35,450
Phoenix 1270 $35,450
Tucson 80 $34,110
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 70 $32,470
North Little Rock 70 $32,470
Little Rock 70 $32,470
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 5210 $37,180
Los Angeles 5210 $37,180
Anaheim 5210 $37,180
Oakland 1390 $35,800
San Francisco 1390 $35,800
Hayward 1390 $35,800
San Jose 610 $33,430
Santa Clara 610 $33,430
Sunnyvale 610 $33,430
San Diego 410 $32,780
Carlsbad 410 $32,780
Riverside 320 $32,530
Ontario 320 $32,530
San Bernardino 320 $32,530
Roseville 140 $41,540
Sacramento 140 $41,540
Arden 140 $41,540
Arcade 140 $41,540
Santa Barbara 110 $31,230
Santa Maria 110 $31,230
Oxnard 110 $37,760
Ventura 110 $37,760
Thousand Oaks 110 $37,760
Santa Rosa 60 $37,870
Porterville N/A $30,610
Visalia N/A $30,610
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 1220 $36,470
Aurora 1220 $36,470
Denver 1220 $36,470
Boulder 140 $49,310
Colorado Springs 130 $33,240
Fort Collins 60 $28,450
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Norwalk 470 $37,540
Stamford 470 $37,540
Bridgeport 470 $37,540
East Hartford 140 $39,920
West Hartford 140 $39,920
Hartford 140 $39,920
New Haven 100 $41,190
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 3050 $33,590
West Palm Beach 3050 $33,590
Miami 3050 $33,590
Sanford 1380 $26,710
Orlando 1380 $26,710
Kissimmee 1380 $26,710
Clearwater 430 $29,190
Tampa 430 $29,190
St. Petersburg 430 $29,190
Bradenton 230 $31,010
Sarasota 230 $31,010
North Port 230 $31,010
Jacksonville 190 $38,700
Fort Walton Beach 150 $25,550
Destin 150 $25,550
Crestview 150 $25,550
Cape Coral 110 $26,500
Fort Myers 110 $26,500
Palm Bay 100 $34,570
Titusville 100 $34,570
Melbourne 100 $34,570
Deltona 100 $34,960
Daytona Beach 100 $34,960
Ormond Beach 100 $34,960
Port St. Lucie 100 $37,130
Pensacola 90 $29,980
Ferry Pass 90 $29,980
Brent 90 $29,980
Panama City 80 $30,350
Naples 80 $31,810
Marco Island 80 $31,810
Immokalee 80 $31,810
Winter Haven 80 $33,740
Lakeland 80 $33,740
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 1110 $35,580
Sandy Springs 1110 $35,580
Atlanta 1110 $35,580
Savannah 80 $27,810
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 490 $35,660
Lahaina 140 $36,890
Wailuku 140 $36,890
Kahului 140 $36,890
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 90 $29,640
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 70 $30,890
Rockford 40 $28,540
Marion N/A $35,340
Carbondale N/A $35,340
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 350 $50,120
Carmel 350 $50,120
Indianapolis 350 $50,120
Fort Wayne 60 $28,300
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 100 $28,970
Des Moines 100 $28,970
Cedar Rapids 60 $41,050
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita N/A $35,280
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 90 $35,670
Lexington 90 $35,670
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 200 $40,720
New Orleans 200 $40,720
Baton Rouge 110 $28,500
Monroe 50 $23,260
Lafayette 40 $25,090
Bossier City 30 $28,790
Shreveport 30 $28,790
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 60 $37,830
Portland 60 $37,830
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 770 $48,530
Columbia 770 $48,530
Baltimore 770 $48,530
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 770 $31,410
Detroit 770 $31,410
Warren 770 $31,410
Saginaw 570 $34,760
Wyoming 460 $28,270
Grand Rapids 460 $28,270
Ann Arbor 80 $29,430
East Lansing 60 $27,690
Lansing 60 $27,690
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 30 $35,730
Missoula 30 $47,800
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 40 $57,030
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 950 $34,140
Henderson 950 $34,140
Las Vegas 950 $34,140
Reno 40 $51,760
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 30 $44,210
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlantic City 100 $37,150
Hammonton 100 $37,150
Trenton 100 $37,870
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 130 $33,630
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 270 $33,050
Niagara Falls 250 $29,940
Buffalo 250 $29,940
Cheektowaga 250 $29,940
Syracuse 160 $30,530
Albany 110 $32,730
Schenectady 110 $32,730
Troy 110 $32,730
Rome 40 $27,360
Utica 40 $27,360
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 280 $42,960
High Point 90 $30,230
Greensboro 90 $30,230
Chapel Hill 80 $43,330
Durham 80 $43,330
Winston 60 $31,220
Salem 60 $31,220
Jacksonville 50 $27,180
Asheville 40 $41,520
Morganton N/A $30,990
Hickory N/A $30,990
Lenoir N/A $30,990
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 640 $25,970
Cleveland 640 $25,970
Columbus 500 $25,390
Dayton 100 $33,270
Akron 80 $24,300
Toledo 70 $28,950
Canton 40 $25,190
Massillon 40 $25,190
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 90 $29,440
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 60 $32,710
Redmond 30 $42,260
Bend 30 $42,260
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 480 $33,050
Reading 200 N/A
Barre 140 $32,160
Wilkes 140 $32,160
Hazleton 140 $32,160
Scranton 140 $32,160
Lancaster 110 $36,770
Harrisburg 70 $29,660
Carlisle 70 $29,660
Hanover 30 $31,000
York 30 $31,000
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 400 $27,260
Carolina 400 $27,260
San Juan 400 $27,260
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 70 $25,980
Anderson 70 $25,980
Greenville 70 $25,980
Beaufort 60 $33,560
Bluffton 60 $33,560
Hilton Head Island 60 $33,560
North Charleston 60 $40,470
Charleston 60 $40,470
Columbia N/A $28,510
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 50 $30,720
Rapid City 40 $29,440
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 320 $38,770
Murfreesboro 320 $38,770
Davidson 320 $38,770
Nashville 320 $38,770
Knoxville 110 $35,730
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 1920 $42,900
Fort Worth 1920 $42,900
Dallas 1920 $42,900
The Woodlands 1170 $43,620
Houston 1170 $43,620
Sugar Land 1170 $43,620
New Braunfels 390 $41,060
San Antonio 390 $41,060
Round Rock 340 $35,980
Austin 340 $35,980
El Paso 60 $31,650
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 340 $35,400
Clearfield 120 $64,260
Ogden 120 $64,260
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 80 $40,850
Burlington 80 $40,850
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 220 $42,590
Charlottesville N/A $48,670
Roanoke N/A $50,160
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 960 $43,280
Seattle 960 $43,280
Tacoma 960 $43,280
Spokane Valley 60 $35,710
Spokane 60 $35,710
Silverdale 30 $37,540
Bremerton 30 $37,540
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 400 $29,760
West Allis 400 $29,760
Milwaukee 400 $29,760
Madison 140 $40,810
Appleton 70 $41,970
Green Bay 60 $30,510
Racine 50 $36,510

Most Popular Industries for :
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Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Office Services And Staffing 80,610 94% $30,520
Business Management 1,250 1% $37,230
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