Travel agents perform a variety of services for people planning to travel for leisure or for professional reasons. They assist travelers by researching and arranging travel packages, such as hotel and airfare reservations, rental cars, and planning activities such as sightseeing tours.
There are a number of different routes to becoming a travel agent, but typically you must have a high school diploma or GED to enter either a certification program or a degree program in travel and tourism. Here are a few examples of schools in California that offer travel agent and tourism programs:
Tourism and hospitality students learn the basic skills necessary to build a career in the tourism and hospitality industry. Some programs focus on a particular type of travel, or possibly on a certain destination. For example, in Northern California, this may include training to work in the wine industry.
Depending on the program, students take a variety of courses. For example, a certificate in travel marketing may include the following:
The state of California requires anyone who "sells, provides, furnishes, contracts for, arranges, or advertises" him- or herself as someone able to provide arrangements for air or sea travel to register as a Seller of Travel (SOT).
Complete and submit your application as an SOT at least 10 days prior to doing business in California. In addition to the registration application, you must pay a yearly registration fee for each business office. If you do not pay your registration fee at the time of application submittal, it will be rejected.
You must also pay late fees, calculated daily. You will not receive a Seller of Travel number until all fees are paid.
In addition, you must comply with the Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation (TCRC), which is a nonprofit organization separate from the Attorney General. You must also participate in the Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF), designed to reimburse travelers who contracted travel services with a provider who then declared bankruptcy or ceased operations.
TCRC makes determinations on claims, and TCRF funds ensure claimants receive reimbursement.
Potential travel agents have a wide variety of online sources available, including state agencies and industry-specific organizations.
Schools for Travel Agents in California are listed below.
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This list also contains online schools that accept students from California.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Alliant International University||San Diego||Doctorate||3,704|
|Berkeley City College||Berkeley||Associate||5,287|
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco||Associate||46,411|
|Columbia College Sonora||Sonora||Associate||2,734|
|Foothill College||Los Altos Hills||Associate||18,132|
|Long Beach City College||Long Beach||Associate||25,536|
|Los Angeles Mission College||Sylmar||Associate||8,493|
|Los Medanos College||Pittsburg||Associate||8,360|
|Mt San Antonio College||Walnut||Associate||29,842|
|Orange Coast College||Costa Mesa||Associate||24,424|
|Saddleback College||Mission Viejo||Associate||18,371|
|San Diego Mesa College||San Diego||Associate||21,437|
|Santiago Canyon College||Orange||Associate||14,085|
|West Los Angeles College||Culver City||Associate||9,975|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for California. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Travel Agents relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.
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