Travel Agents Travel agents make travel arrangements for individuals or groups. They plan itineraries, make reservations for hotels, transportation, or tours. Also, prepare tickets, suggest places to go, give brochures, and gives all the information to the person traveling. In this job you have to at lears have a high school diploma.
Many vocational schools offer 6-12 week full-time travel agent programs. A few colleges offer a bachelors and masters degree in travel and tourism. The skills needed would have to do with operating word processors, selling products or services, giving information on events and procedures, and waiting on customers. Some high level skills would be planning, giving information, computing, and totaling charges.
The salary for travel agents is anywhere between $20, 000-$40, 000. It usually depends how long you work there. The longer you work the more money you make. The working conditions are usually sitting at a desk in an office. The have a computer to use for reservations. They can talk to customers in person or on the phone.
Travel agents have a stressful job sometimes because they may have to deal with airline delays, weather emergencies, incorrect information, or computer failure. travel agents have very different schedules. They may work forty-hour weeks, but also work evenings and Saturdays. Also, a lot of overtime work may be expected. Theres a very small number of job openings for this job. A total of 6, 628 annual job openings is expected between 1996 and 2006.
The outlook is increasing. The employment change from 1996 and 2006 is estimated to be +33. 5%. This is a small occupation in the United States, employing 119, 856 workers in 1996. The typical tasks connected with this job would be to describe plan, arrange, and sell travel packages offered by different travel carriers. Also, mostly anything to do with knowing direction, countries, cities, states, and all different locations.
Another task would be to be organized; otherwise, your job will not be successful. The aptitudes that I may need to learn would be things like General learning ability, Numerical perception, Eye-hand coordination, Finger dexterity, and Manual dexterity. Some of the significant Aptitudes for this job would be Verbal and Clerical perception. This job doesnt require any physical abilities. This job satisfies my primary and secondary needs and wants by helping me realize ideas for what to do for a job. My primary needs are things I need to help me live which means that this will fulfill my life.
It will help me make enough money to live. My secondary wants would be things to make me happy. I would like this job to be close by, not too far away. Two or three related jobs that I would consider going into if necessary would be something with business, information, management, and marketing. Travel agents use these three things. These are just other choices incase the travel agent doesnt work for me.
When I used the surveys given in class, they told me I was a people person. You need that when you become a travel agent, because you need to talk to people and help them understand what they need to know. Also, you need reading, writing, computer understanding, and typing skills, which either I have now or could learn more in college. I would like to pursue this career choice. I think this job is right for me in different ways. It is right because all the interests or aptitudes follow what I have to get a job.
I took surveys, they told me the same thing. There werent any surprises. There were some things I didnt know, but now I do. I think the positive factors include salary, the outlook, and skills. The negative factor is that computers have almost taken over everything including travel agents. For example they do plane tickets over the Internet.
I could see myself doing this in 10-15 even 20 years from now.