We surveyed 2,553 travel agents to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical travel agent. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a travel agent?

Low

High

Working as a travel agent typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a travel agent?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a travel agent typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a travel agent?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a travel agent. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for travel agents.

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Do travel agents work full-time or part-time?

79% of travel agents work in full-time roles while 21% work part-time.

Is being a travel agent stressful?

Low

High

Travel agents tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a travel agent?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a travel agent.

How competitive is the workplace for travel agents?

Low

High

Travel agents tend to see lots of competition in the workplace, with desire to get ahead of co-workers being common.

Does being a travel agent require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Travel agents will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are travel agents allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Travel agents are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do travel agents have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Travel agents tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a travel agent physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a travel agents is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are travel agents exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, travel agents tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a travel agent require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for travel agents.

Does being a good travel agent require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as travel agents.