Becoming a Travel Agent in Alabama

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In Huntsville and Birmingham, travel agents (as of 2010) can make almost $35,000 a year. This is just one of the many reasons the travel industry is appealing to people. Those with strong communication and customer service skills will excel in the travel industry because it is built around these factors. There are a number of ways to become a travel agent in Alabama.

  • Search for a school that works best with your schedule. Online schools and technical colleges offer programs to earn your travel agent certification. You can also become a travel agent through a four-year hospitality and tourism program at a college or university. Strayer University in Birmingham, University of Phoenix in Birmingham and Ashworth College online are examples of the many schools that offers a travel agent program in Alabama.

  • Enroll in the travel agent certification program of your choice. Take classes in geography, business marketing and travel agent computer programs. Classes include emphasis in business writing, how to sell specialty travel, communication skills and touring the world. Programs will vary in length, but all certification programs last no longer than two years. If you have a flexible schedule, you can complete the certification at a quicker pace.

  • Apply for a job while in school at one of the many agencies across Alabama, such as Alabama World Travel, All Seasons Travel or Springdale Travel. Some agencies may offer training programs, while others will hire students at entry-level positions as a receptionist or travel agent assistant. These jobs will help you work your way up to a travel agent or consultant.

  • Apply for certification if your program does not do it automatically for you. If your course is online, it is likely you just need to print the certification off of the computer. Though the certification was earned in Alabama, travel agent certification is recognized nationally. Therefore, if you wish to relocate anywhere in the country, you can.

  • Open your own travel consultant business after you gain experience. Join the Alabama section of American Society of Travel Agents to meet other industry professionals. Here you can market your business or collaborate with other agents in Alabama to build a clientele list.

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