Travel agents are the professionals who help clients coordinate details such as transportation, lodging and entertainment activities when it comes time to plan a trip. Some travel agents work with individual clients, helping a family plan an annual holiday vacation for example. Other professional travel agents offer assistance in coordinating large group excursions, like a wedding party traveling abroad for a destination event, for example.
While some travel agents work in offices, many are self-employed or work remotely, being that a great deal of their time is spent on the phone or computer, researching details and making reservations and itineraries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics most recent survey, there are 81,700 travel agents currently employed in the United States, making an average of $36,990 per year.
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