Travel Agents


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Travel Agents

Travel Agents - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

About 11% of travel agents are self-employed.

The majority of travel agents work for travel agencies.

Major employers:

  • Travel agencies
  • Tour operators

Outlook

Demand for this occupation is declining. People can now make their own travel plans by using the Internet. However, some consumers still prefer to use a professional travel agent to ensure reliability, to save time, and, in some cases, to save money.

The travel industry is sensitive to economic downturns because fewer people go on vacation during these periods. Therefore, the number of job opportunities for travel agents varies with the state of the economy.

Many job opportunities will arise as new agencies open and existing agencies expand. Most openings will occur as experienced agents leave this occupation.

Travel Agents (CIS 100216)

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Illinois
4,727
Medium
&
-8.2%
5.8%
>>>>
477
Moderate
  Champaign Area
33
Small
&
-6.1%
7.0%
>>>>
4
Few
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
25
Small
&
-4.0%
5.0%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Cook County
3,093
Large
&
-8.8%
5.6%
>>>>
310
High
  Decatur Area
16
Small
&
-6.2%
7.0%
>>>>
2
Very few
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
79
Small
&
-6.3%
9.7%
>>>>
9
Few
  Du Page County
626
Large
&
-8.9%
5.4%
>>>>
62
High
  Edwardsville Area
50
Small
&
-6.0%
5.1%
>>>>
6
Few
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
28
Medium
&
0.0%
7.0%
>>>>
4
Moderate
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
15
Very small
&
-6.7%
5.2%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Lake County
203
Medium
&
-8.4%
8.6%
>>>>
20
Moderate
  McHenry County
47
Small
&
-12.8%
6.8%
>>>>
4
Few
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
30
Small
&
-3.3%
6.8%
>>>>
4
Few
  Northwest Illinois Area
155
Large
&
-7.7%
3.6%
>>>>
16
High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
100
Small
&
-2.0%
7.3%
>>>>
11
Few
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
48
Medium
&
-4.2%
4.3%
>>>>
5
Few
  Rock Island-Moline Area
24
Small
&
0.0%
5.7%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Rockford Area
53
Small
&
-1.9%
7.6%
>>>>
6
Few
  Shawnee National Forest Area
10
Very small
&
-20.0%
2.4%
>>>>
0
None
  Springfield Area
33
Small
&
9.1%
4.7%
>>>>
4
Few
  St Louis-Belleville Area
39
Small
&
-7.7%
6.4%
>>>>
4
Few
  Will County
46
Small
&
-8.7%
9.1%
>>>>
5
Few
United States
78,800
Medium
&
-5.6%
5.2%
>>>>
9,700
Moderate
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.