Travel Agent: Career Diploma Summary

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Studying to become a travel agent can be an exciting way to experience even more of the world. Travel agents will learn the basics to be able to provide guidance to customers and clients wishing to travel, plan a family vacation, take a cruise, or go on a business trip. Students in a Travel Agent Diploma program will study travel geography, travel law, and operations and functions of working in a travel agency or as a self-employed agent. Read on to find out more.
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Reasons to Earn a Degree as a Travel Agent

As a travel agent, you will not only have the satisfaction of helping clients plan their dream vacations and getaways, but you may be able to take part in some perks as well. As an agent, you'll know the ins and outs of travel, when the best dates are to take vacations, best deals on lodging and transportation, and may even be given the opportunity to take advantage of substantial discounts for yourself.

Career Possibilities for Travel Agents

Occupational Outlook

Travel agents who are Internet savvy and who are able to reduce customer costs, will become more marketable over the years. Agents who specialize in specific areas and destinations are also sought after. Because becoming a travel agent is attractive to many people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics does predict a decline in job opportunities over the next seven years.

Salary Information

Travel agents, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, earned an average of $27,640 a year in 2004. This average can increase, however, depending on if the individual is self-employment or employed by an agency and commission rates.

Degree Specifics for Travel Agents

Required Coursework

When you are enrolled in a Travel Agent Diploma program, you can expect to be introduced to the techniques and procedures of travel management. Travel agents typically study the following:

  • Agency Operations
  • Sales
  • Travel Geography
  • Travel Law

Skills You Will Learn

Good communication, interpersonal, and client relations skills are a must for travel agents. Through your program you will have the skills to:

  • Serve your clients with a good understanding of the travel industry
  • Utilize computer applications and resources to research best deals and locations
  • Book flights, hotels, and other accommodations at the request of clients

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