Travel Agent

Carly Mueller

AT A GLANCE

They are in charge of running travel businesses

Earn about $74,600 per year

Frequently interact with clients

Responsible for outcomes

SALARY AND EDUCATION PATH


In Wisconsin the typical salaries range from $43,600 to $166,400+ per year.
National - the typical salaries range from $46,890 to $166,400+ per year.

If you want to become a travel agent it is advised that you take participation in a Tech Prep program in high school for experience. In college you must have a Hospitality Administration/Management degree or a Travel Services Management degree.

WHERE WOULD YOU WORK AND HOW MANY HOURS

As a travel agent, you could be based in a large travel agency in a shopping centre or supermarket, or you could work for a local high street travel agent. For some roles you may be based in a contact centre. Hours are usually 35 to 40 hours a week and they often work on Saturdays. Part-time hours may be available. You would be expected to have a smart appearance, and would usually be provided with a uniform.

WORKING WITH YOUR HANDS? QUALITIES?

There is no need to work with your hands. All you need is communication skills and you must know your way around the world.



To become a travel agent, you will need:

  • excellent customer service skills
  • good organisation skills
  • strong communication skills and a good telephone manner
  • the ability to cope with pressure at busy times
  • sales skills, both face to face and over the telephone
  • IT skills
  • an interest in travel
  • a knowledge of geography
  • the ability to work well as a member of a team.

WOULD YOU HAVE TO SUPERVISE OTHERS?

No travel agent would have to supervise others unless your a manager or a owner.

SCHEDULE

Travel agents must have a flexible schedule because on any short notice you could have to work weekends or extra hours around the clock.

CHARACTERISTICS

Usually travel agents work independently finding the best flights. But at times they have to meet with clients to discuss there travel.