As a travel agent, you sell lodging, entertainment packages, and transportation to corporations, and individual travelers. You can help plan entire trips, honeymoons, or even executives traveling for business. Travel agents may specialize solely in corporate travel, or you may work for a leisure travel agency. You may also work for a particular hotel chain or cruise line, and offer packages for that company only.
To work as a travel agent in Illinois, most companies will want to see travel-specific training. This can include an education, on-the-job experience, and proper licensing. There are travel agent schools in the state that can prepare you for this highly competitive industry. Some schools to consider include:
Travel agent schools in Illinois focus on the art of sales, marketing, and tourism. After all, you are working as a sales professional. Some skills and courses you may take include:
A vast majority of your training may include hands-on experiences or working in a travel agency.
To demonstrate your capabilities as a travel agent, you should first complete training at travel agent schools in Illinois. Then, you can take the Travel Agent Proficiency (TAP) test. The Travel Institute offers this test. The Travel Institute has varying levels of certifications, all dependent on your training. This includes:
If you plan to offer international travel and tourism, then you may need the International Air Transport Association's Travel and Tourism Professional (TTP) designation. For cruise line booking and services, you may be required to obtain a certification from the Cruise Line International Association. This association also has three levels of certification, which include:
There are no state licensing requirements for the state of Illinois.
Schools for Travel Agents in Illinois are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|College of DuPage||Glen Ellyn||Associate||25,768|
|Illinois Central College||East Peoria||Associate||11,804|
|John A Logan College||Carterville||Associate||7,559|
|Moraine Valley Community College||Palos Hills||Associate||15,859|
|Waubonsee Community College||Sugar Grove||Associate||8,731|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Illinois. 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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