What are some positions commonly available at travel agencies?


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As of 2015, the two main positions commonly available at travel agencies are travel agent and corporate travel consultant. The jobs have similar job functions, but corporate travel consultants typically focus on corporate customers. Minimum requirements for these positions are a high school diploma, communication skills and computer skills, although many travel agencies also require some formal training, notes the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Travel agents and corporate travel consultants advise clients on travel destinations, plan vacation itineraries and make travel reservations. This includes booking reservations for hotel, flights, rental cars and vacation activities. The agents also sell vacation packages to individuals and groups. Corporate travel consultants need to ensure that all corporate travel follows the traveler's company policies and preferences. Travel agents generally work in a travel agency office, although 12 percent are self-employed, based on a 2012 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median 2012 pay was $34,600 per year.

Jobs for travel agents will decline by 12 percent from 2012-2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those interested in a travel agency job should consider becoming a travel agent for a specific destination or for a specific population, such as the corporate travel consultant.

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