'Travel agent' named 'useless job'

2013-08-26 12:15

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Carlsbad - A website has named 'travel agent' as one of the most useless jobs.

TravelMole reports that the new site, CareerCast.com, faces a backlash from agents after it claimed technology has rendered their job useless.

The list of ‘Most Useless Jobs', includes atmosphere coordinator, compositor, data-entry keyer and/or word professor, medium/professional clairvoyant, shoe repairer, sign spinner, telephone operator, and finally, travel agent.

"Technology is the most consistent factor in rendering a job useless," the report notes.

It said online sites have made travel a "do-it-yourself endeavor: you can book accommodations, transportation, discover restaurants and entertainment, and navigate your route online. Thus, the traditional travel agent is no longer necessary".

But it added: "Specialised travel agents still exist to tackle unusual or exotic requests, usually from wealthy clients. They've created a niche that has turned a useless job into a profitable one."

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