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Travel Counsellors

What they do?

Travel counsellors perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Provide travel information to clients regarding destinations, transportation and accommodation options and travel costs, and recommend suitable products

B. Plan and organize vacation travel for individuals or groups

C. Make transportation and accommodation reservations using computerized reservation and ticketing system

D. Sell single fare tickets and package tours to clients

E. Promote particular destinations, tour packages and other travel services

F. Investigate new travel destinations, hotels and other facilities and attractions

G. Provide travel tips regarding tourist attractions, foreign currency, customs, languages and travel safety.

Where they find work?

1. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 92.0%
2. Transportation and warehousing - 4.0%

What education do I need?

1. You usually need a high school diploma. A college diploma or vocational training in travel or tourism is also usually required.

2. You may need certification with the ACTA/CITC's (Alliance of Canadian Travel Association and Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors) Canadian Educational Standards System (ACCESS). This certification requires three years' experience in the industry and the completion of mandatory courses/examinations.

3. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a manager.

4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
2. English
3. Business
4. Geography

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Travel Counsellors is $14.16/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Travel Counsellors wages

Expected Wage by Age

Travel Counsellors Wage By Age


3% of Travel Counsellors are unemployed. This rate is below the average for intermediate occupations.


Travel Counsellors Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Travel Counsellors Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Travel Counsellors is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($14.16) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is above average.

3. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Occupations in Travel and Accomodation are found in Ontario and British Columbia while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.

Useful Experience:

1. Dealing with the public

2. Customer service

3. Computer use

Part Time Workers

Travel Counsellors Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

16% of Travel Counsellors are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 26,000 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 23% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Travel Counsellors Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

Despite an expected older-than-average worker (37), the retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average because they also tend to retire at a later age (58).

Self Employed

Travel Counsellors Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 9% of Travel Counsellors are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Travel Counsellors Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

99% of the individuals employed as Travel Counsellors are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.