Travel Guides

Plan, organize, and conduct long distance travel, tours, and expeditions for individuals and groups.

Median Annual Wage: $35,100

Education: Some college, no degree (40%); High school diploma or equivalent (33%); Bachelor's degree (12%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Guide; Tour Director; Tour Manager; Tour Escort; Mountain Bike Guide; River Guide; Tour Coordinator; Tour Operator; Cruise Counselor; Tours Captain

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Travel Guides.

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  • Resolve any problems with itineraries, service, or accommodations.
  • Sell travel packages.
  • Arrange for tour or expedition details such as accommodations, transportation, equipment, and the availability of medical personnel.
  • Evaluate services received on the tour, and report findings to tour organizers.
  • Lead individuals or groups to tour site locations and describe points of interest.
  • Verify amounts and quality of equipment prior to expeditions or tours.
  • Pay bills and record checks issued.
  • Attend to special needs of tour participants.
  • Give advice on sightseeing and shopping.
  • Provide tourists with assistance in obtaining permits and documents such as visas, passports, and health certificates, and in converting currency.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Travel Guides.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Travel Guides.

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