I travel a bunch for work in my job as a consultant, though my travel schedule varies. Some years it’s 80-100% and other years it’s less than 20%. That’s just the nature of consulting. For those of you who may be finishing up college or are looking for a career change, seeking a job that offers travel opportunities is a great way to see the world and collect a ton of points and miles!

Consultant

Biased here on this one, but I know the ins and outs of it. Consulting almost always requires a high level of travel. Clients pay a hefty amount for consulting services and the company wants to see the consultants on site doing the work. For example, McKinsey & Company is one of the most prestigious consulting firms on earth and often performs engagements costing millions of dollars!

To give you an idea of the level of travel involved as a consultant, you can always search the internet (Reddit/Management Consulted) for reviews of specific firms. However, if you’re looking for some more general information, I like to say that you should always be prepared for 100% travel (typically Monday-Thursday). This way there are no surprises.

Like I said, though, my experience has varied but there was a period of time where I was traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast weekly for 8 months.

Sales/Business Development

Working in sales always boils down to closing deals and a huge part of closing deals is face time. To get in front of prospective customers, you’re going to have to travel. Most of the time companies assign salespeople to territories where you’ll move around a small portion of the country, but be prepared to cover larger swaths of the US and possibly internationally.

Project Manager

This is largely dependant on your responsibilities as the project manager, but PM jobs can often require extensive travel. One of my friends is a PM for a healthcare tech company and she travels over 50% per year internationally to places like Italy and Singapore. Other PMs may never leave company headquarters, but will often have teams throughout the country and maybe even the world.

Public Accountant/Auditor

Public accountants often travel for work during “busy season” to audit a client’s accounting books and records before filing financial statements with the US Government. This work might require the accountants to be based at client site(s) for extended periods of time. Keep in mind, though, that budgets for public audits are typically on the lower end so chances are you won’t be flying first class and staying at the Ritz.

Flight Attendant

This is the softball answer. Of course, you’re going to travel as a flight attendant, but your destinations and salary may not always be very appealing. BoardingArea’s very own Kate is a flight attendant blogging over at TravelUpdate so for anything related to this career, check out her posts!

Do you travel for work? What do you do?


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Great topic. I also travel extensively as an Insurance Consultant but rarely internationally. I would think tour operators might travel a lot at some levels. Pilots of course travel. Many specialized construction related jobs travel a lot. Truck drivers and digital nomads also come to mind.