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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:
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Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Travel Agent Schools jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 200 $38,420
Birmingham 200 $38,420
Huntsville 60 $39,530
Mobile 50 $33,640
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 100 $37,080
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 1290 $35,740
Mesa 1290 $35,740
Phoenix 1290 $35,740
Tucson 80 $28,790
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 90 $28,520
North Little Rock 90 $28,520
Little Rock 90 $28,520
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 5160 $39,310
Long Beach 5160 $39,310
Anaheim 5160 $39,310
Oakland 1420 $36,080
San Francisco 1420 $36,080
Hayward 1420 $36,080
Santa Clara 730 $38,380
Sunnyvale 730 $38,380
San Jose 730 $38,380
San Diego 400 $39,550
Carlsbad 400 $39,550
Ontario 320 $31,290
San Bernardino 320 $31,290
Riverside 320 $31,290
Roseville 180 $40,440
Sacramento 180 $40,440
Arcade 180 $40,440
Arden 180 $40,440
Thousand Oaks 130 $38,760
Ventura 130 $38,760
Oxnard 130 $38,760
Santa Maria 90 $31,500
Santa Barbara 90 $31,500
Bakersfield 40 $23,920
Fresno 40 $28,030
Salinas 30 $32,200
Visalia N/A $33,250
Porterville N/A $33,250
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 1180 $39,390
Aurora 1180 $39,390
Denver 1180 $39,390
Colorado Springs 120 $35,080
Boulder 120 $53,850
Fort Collins 60 $30,500
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bridgeport 290 $40,720
Norwalk 290 $40,720
Stamford 290 $40,720
East Hartford 170 $40,090
Hartford 170 $40,090
West Hartford 170 $40,090
New Haven 90 $39,670
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 3260 $32,910
Fort Lauderdale 3260 $32,910
Miami 3260 $32,910
Orlando 1530 $31,950
Kissimmee 1530 $31,950
Sanford 1530 $31,950
Clearwater 370 $32,260
Tampa 370 $32,260
St. Petersburg 370 $32,260
Bradenton 200 $30,330
Sarasota 200 $30,330
North Port 200 $30,330
Jacksonville 180 $36,820
Ormond Beach 130 $36,550
Daytona Beach 130 $36,550
Deltona 130 $36,550
Panama City 120 $30,670
Marco Island 100 $33,290
Naples 100 $33,290
Immokalee 100 $33,290
Titusville 90 $36,640
Melbourne 90 $36,640
Palm Bay 90 $36,640
Brent 80 $35,730
Pensacola 80 $35,730
Ferry Pass 80 $35,730
Fort Myers 80 $38,890
Cape Coral 80 $38,890
Lakeland 70 $35,210
Winter Haven 70 $35,210
Port St. Lucie 50 $37,370
Destin N/A $28,090
Fort Walton Beach N/A $28,090
Crestview N/A $28,090
Tallahassee N/A $37,720
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 1590 $35,090
Sandy Springs 1590 $35,090
Atlanta 1590 $35,090
Savannah 40 $32,100
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 470 $35,800
Lahaina 130 $37,600
Wailuku 130 $37,600
Kahului 130 $37,600
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 100 $34,250
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 70 $32,560
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 300 $51,450
Anderson 300 $51,450
Carmel 300 $51,450
Fort Wayne 70 $27,800
Bloomington 30 $36,210
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 90 $34,370
West Des Moines 90 $34,370
Cedar Falls 60 $38,570
Waterloo 60 $38,570
Cedar Rapids 50 $42,720
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 70 $34,050
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 90 $36,670
Lexington 90 $36,670
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 160 $34,910
New Orleans 160 $34,910
Baton Rouge 100 $28,490
Monroe 60 $24,510
Lafayette 40 $27,620
Bossier City N/A $40,190
Shreveport N/A $40,190
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 110 $36,180
Portland 110 $36,180
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 710 $44,870
Columbia 710 $44,870
Baltimore 710 $44,870
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 830 $32,460
Dearborn 830 $32,460
Detroit 830 $32,460
Wyoming 450 $29,330
Grand Rapids 450 $29,330
Ann Arbor 90 $36,310
East Lansing 60 $27,240
Lansing 60 $27,240
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 40 $45,300
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 970 $43,400
Henderson 970 $43,400
Las Vegas 970 $43,400
Reno 60 $58,010
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 30 $43,070
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 130 $41,130
Hammonton 60 $38,730
Atlantic City 60 $38,730
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 120 $33,040
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 300 $31,030
Cheektowaga 300 $31,030
Buffalo 300 $31,030
Rochester 220 $33,950
Syracuse 110 $30,470
Schenectady 80 $33,070
Troy 80 $33,070
Albany 80 $33,070
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 280 $41,640
Greensboro 70 $31,500
High Point 70 $31,500
Chapel Hill 50 $41,010
Durham 50 $41,010
Morganton 40 $24,550
Lenoir 40 $24,550
Hickory 40 $24,550
Asheville 40 $52,010
Jacksonville 30 $36,530
Salem N/A $36,560
Winston N/A $36,560
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 30 $24,470
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 480 $23,370
Cleveland 480 $23,370
Columbus 360 $27,940
Dayton 120 $28,650
Akron 70 $33,110
Toledo 60 $30,570
Canton 40 $25,340
Massillon 40 $25,340
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 120 $30,580
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 60 $40,160
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 500 $32,470
Reading 230 N/A
Barre 180 $28,910
Hazleton 180 $28,910
Wilkes 180 $28,910
Scranton 180 $28,910
Lancaster 90 $39,140
Harrisburg 60 $30,080
Carlisle 60 $30,080
Hanover 50 $33,390
York 50 $33,390
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 280 $23,060
Carolina 280 $23,060
San Juan 280 $23,060
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 140 $27,420
Mauldin 110 $29,300
Greenville 110 $29,300
Anderson 110 $29,300
Beaufort 80 $27,380
Bluffton 80 $27,380
Hilton Head Island 80 $27,380
North Charleston 80 $50,700
Charleston 80 $50,700
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 70 $31,630
Rapid City 40 $30,560
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 300 $40,270
Nashville 300 $40,270
Murfreesboro 300 $40,270
Davidson 300 $40,270
Knoxville 150 $35,430
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 1730 $40,500
Dallas 1730 $40,500
Arlington 1730 $40,500
Sugar Land 1080 $36,870
The Woodlands 1080 $36,870
Houston 1080 $36,870
San Antonio 410 $38,350
New Braunfels 410 $38,350
Austin 270 $30,790
Round Rock 270 $30,790
El Paso 50 $31,130
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 780 $35,270
Clearfield 200 $29,340
Ogden 200 $29,340
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 70 $40,910
Burlington 70 $40,910
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 220 $37,640
Charlottesville N/A $50,830
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 1150 $48,090
Bellevue 1150 $48,090
Tacoma 1150 $48,090
Spokane Valley 70 $38,380
Spokane 70 $38,380
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 610 $31,220
Waukesha 610 $31,220
Milwaukee 610 $31,220
Madison 150 $42,800
Appleton 80 $40,320
Green Bay 70 $31,530
Racine 60 $39,380

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

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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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