Search our Site!

Articles By Subject

Travel Agent - Training & Careers

Home >> Articles >> Hospitality And Tourism >> Travel Agent - Training & Careers

Travel AgentMost people relish the idea of traveling to foreign locales, taking relaxing cruises, and discovering little known resorts and restaurants around the globe.

Travel agents not only help others to find great vacations and expeditions, they enjoy greatly reduced prices -- and often go for free. If you like customer service and the jet-setting lifestyle, you might consider training to work as a travel agent.

Despite the preponderance of online booking services, people seeking value and adventure still rely on travel agents. Travel agents also work for major corporations, hotels, and cruise lines. More than one out of ten travel agents owns their own company, and some work from the comforts of a home office.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were approximately 118,000 travel agents plying the trade in 2002. The BLS predicts that with rising household incomes and the baby boomer generation moving into retirement, more travelers are expected to wander the world than in the past.

Growing Importance of Formal Training for Travel Agents

With the growth in technology-assisted travel and tough competition in the travel industry, it has become vital for travel agents to prepare for booking trends. Specialized vocational schools now feature full-time travel agent training programs. Some offer evening and weekend programs, others online training. You'll also find travel agent courses at community colleges and some adult schools. There are universities that offer bachelor's and master’s degrees in travel and tourism.

Many travel agents choose to specialize in a specific region or industry. Some become wilderness trek or ecotourism specialists. Others may focus on the cruise ship industry. Working at an in-house corporate travel office has become a niche profession for many successful travel agents.

Featured Schools

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More


    See More



    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            B.S. in Hospitality Management
            • There's still time to apply to Grand Canyon University and pursue your education. Learn more today!
            • Study on your schedule - GCU offers many programs 100% online to fit your busy lifestyle.
            • GCU offers a variety of opportunities to reduce the cost of furthering your education. Campus students may qualify for scholarships, while online students can take part in limited special offers.
            • A regionally accredited university, GCU also holds specialized accreditations and approvals for some of our core program offerings.
            • Degrees in business, education, nursing, humanities and social sciences, theology and more. Find the degree that fits you.
            • Talk to us today to learn more about financial aid and start dates!
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Hotel & Restaurant Management (BS)
            • Online and ground-based program areas include Fashion Marketing and Management and more.
            • Students can study branding, event management, and public relations to help them prepare for a marketing career
            • Course topics include Fundamentals of Business, Brand Strategy, Project Management, and Principles of Market Research
            • Over 50 locations nationwide, with a student support team dedicated to helping students grow
            • Join our next Open House on 2/15!
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid