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Travel agent

Travel agents book business and leisure travel for customers.

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £27,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 40 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on a rota

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Future employment

There will be 1% fewer Travel agent jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

In this role you could:

  • talk to customers to understand their needs
  • help customers find a suitable package holiday or plan independent travel
  • make bookings and payments using online computer systems
  • advise customers about passports, insurance, visas, vaccinations, tours and vehicle hire
  • inform customers of changes like cancelled flights
  • arrange refunds and handle complaints
  • meet sales targets
  • keep up to date with developments in the travel industry

Working environment

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in a contact centre or at a store.

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
College

You could do a Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
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Apprenticeship

You could do a travel consultant advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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Work

You can start as a trainee travel agent and receive on-the-job training from your employer.

There are no set entry requirements, but a good general standard of education is expected. Some employers may ask for English and maths GCSEs or equivalent. Good geographical knowledge will also be helpful.

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Career tips

It may help if you have customer service experience and can speak a second language.

Further information

You can find out more about careers in travel from the Institute of Travel & Tourism.

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With training and experience, there may be opportunities to progress into senior roles like:branch or call centre manager; operations director; regional director

You could also move into other roles in the travel sector, like tour operating.

You can find out more about careers in travel from the Institute of Travel & Tourism and Careers that Move.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • administration skills
  • active listening skills
  • persuading skills
  • a desire to help people
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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