Tour Guide  What They Do

Just the Facts


Escorts individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.

This career is part of the Hospitality and Tourism cluster Travel and Tourism pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Describes tour points of interest to group members, and responds to questions.
  • Escorts individuals or groups on cruises, sightseeing tours, or through places of interest such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.
  • Conducts educational activities for school children.
  • Monitors visitors' activities to ensure compliance with establishment or tour regulations and safety practices.
  • Provides directions and other pertinent information to visitors.
  • Greets and registers visitors, and issues identification badges and safety devices.
  • Distributes brochures, shows audiovisual presentations, and explains establishment processes and operations at tour sites.
  • Researches various topics, including site history, environmental conditions, and clients' skills and abilities to plan appropriate expeditions, instruction, and commentary.
  • Selects travel routes and sites to be visited based on knowledge of specific areas.
  • Drives or arranges for motor vehicles to transport visitors to tour site locations.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Weekend work

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