Ticket Broker

Ticket brokers who are sometimes called “reservations agents” or “ticket agents” buy and sell tickets to events such as concerts plays and sporting events. They purchase tickets in bulk and act as middlemen selling them at a profit to people who were not able to procure tickets on their own. Ticket brokers are able to make the most money when there is a limited supply of tickets and a large number of people who want them. There is some controversy surrounding this practice with some claiming that ticket brokers artificially inflate the price of tickets. However the other side of the argument is that ticket brokers are just providing a service. Some areas require ticket brokers to have a license which they get by demonstrating their knowledge of relevant laws and paying a fee. Ticket brokers usually start out working for a company that buys and sells tickets. Once they develop familiarity with the trade they may go out on their own. However the ticket broker field is becoming more competitive. The website www.ehow.com says that there is no formal educational requirement for t his job but most ticket brokers have at least a high school education. Most ticket brokers learn on the job but some background in business is helpful. It is important to note that some states have specific regulations regarding the amount of profit that ticket brokers can make and some states even prohibit them from conducting business. However they often bypass state laws by doing business on the Internet. Ticket broker salaries depend on location the specific kind of tickets with which they deal and the company for which they work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ticket brokers have an average annual income of approximately $32400.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $32400
High Salary: $41400
Low Salary: $23400
Tasks: Buys and re-sells tickets.
Obtains tickets in bulk.
Helps people who are unable to find tickets to events they want to attend.
Maintains professional relationships with ticket suppliers.
Also Called: Ticket Seller
Ticket Reseller
Ticket Auctioneer
Ticket Agent
Additional Resources: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-ticket-broker.htm
http://www.wisegeek.com/how-do-i-become-a-ticket-broker.htm
http://www.ehow.com/info_8061781_average-salary-ticket-broker-chicago.html