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How many years of collage do you suggest to someone looking for a job as a Travel Agent?

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John’s Answer

Lily students interested in travel and hospitality can seek degree programs at the associate's and bachelor's level that detail various facets of the travel and tourism industry. Graduates can also seek voluntary certification through travel industry organizations to boost their credentials, though the employment outlook of travel agents is expected to decrease a good amount over the next ten years.

TRAVEL AGENT EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

ASSOCIATE OF SILENCE (AS) • TRAVEL AND TOURISM OPERATIONS
The associate's degree program in travel and tourism combines general education with formal industry training. Students build communication and decision-making skills. They may also take classes in leadership. Future travel agents are often able to participate in international study opportunities or field trips to popular vacation destinations. Additionally, students may elect to complete an internship. Travel and tourism students take core classes in:
• Customer relations
• Business writing
• Sales techniques for travel and tourism
• Reservation planning
• Ship, train and airplane travel

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BS) • HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM
Future travel agents seeking a 4-year, business-focused tourism degree may enroll in a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism program. Students learn how to interact with the public and develop problem-solving abilities. Some business schools confer a related bachelor's degree, the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism. Travel and tourism bachelor's degree students must typically maintain a 2.0 GPA to graduate. Internship and practicum experiences are usually part of the curriculum. Classes consist of:
• Legalities affecting the travel industry
• Travel and tourism marketing
• Travel and tourism for special interest groups
• Human resources management
• Research methods

OTER TRAVEL AGENT TRAING
Other travel agent qualifications may include on-the-job training with specific computer systems used for reservations and/or prior travel experience, especially at the international level. Travel agents in some states are also required to have a state license to sell travel services. Although it is not usually required, the Travel Institute offers several different professional certifications for travel agents, including the Travel Agent Proficiency (TAP) test, Certified Travel Associate (CTA) exams, and advanced Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) certification. Certification is also available through the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

TRAVEL AGENTS CAREER DESCRIPTION
Most travel agents work full-time in an office making phone calls and working on the computer to plan trips for individuals or groups. This work generally requires travel agents to be detail-oriented and able to multi-task while handling multiple clients at once. They must also be highly organized and able to communicate clearly and effectively while planning trips with clients and travel services. Other beneficial skills to have include skills in sales and customer-service. They usually work standard business hours, but may need to work at a moment's notice to handle any last minute travel changes for their clients. Some travel agents specialize in leisure travel, while others may focus on corporate travel. Planning travel for any client typically involves:
• Discussing a client's preferences and budget
• Making travel arrangements
• Reserving lodging and/or transportation at the destination
• Providing information concerning attractions, weather, and travel requirements
• Creating travel schedules
• Totaling travel costs

TRAVEL AGENTS CAREER OUTLOOK & SALARY
From 2018-2028, employment of travel agents is expected to decrease by 6%, noted the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average Travel Clerk salary in the United States is $56,000 as of July 27, 2020, but the range typically falls between $48,500 and $65,250. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Lily,

I am not sure that you need a degree at all to be a travel agent, however you would probably benefit from having a degree in Hospitality. More importantly, I would say that you need to be an avid traveler. You should experience everything from hotels, airports, car rentals (when you are over 25), etc. In addition, I would say that you need to have is an avid curiosity about everything travel around the world. You should know everything from geography, to how to determine exchange rates, and what certain areas of the world are famous for. You should also work on networking, interacting with people and staying in contact. Depending on how independent you would be as a travel agent, you may need to have connections with people with various specialists. You may want to know people who specialize in scuba tours or tours of a particular city.

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Betina’s Answer

Hello, Lily,

There are many different career paths you could follow in the travel industry. I think a degree in hospitality would be a very good start. From there, you could decide if you’d like to work for a travel management company, a hotel, a vacation company, a travel technology company or a tour group. A business course would also be valuable for the future. It will ultimately depend on what your goal is. Do you want to become an expert in vacation travel or business travel? Do you want to be a tour guide, a flight attendant, an expert in vacation travel? Take some hospitality and business courses. Try for an internship with an agency.
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Dahyun’s Answer

In my opinion, what kinds of major is dose not matter about travel agent. Because for me, my actual major is fashion design but I worked as cabin crew and agoda. So I think part time job at travel field is more helpful about your future. Also how about voluntary certification through travel industry.

Consider about your major , I recommend tourism management and during university or college period get certificate like CRS and DCS. Those certificate is using in tourism industry . Also you can study as online.

Set the plan one by one and hope you get a dream job. ;)
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