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Tour Guides & Escorts

Also called: Tour Guide, Docent, Historical Interpreter, Museum Guide

What they do:
Escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.
On the job, you would:
  • Describe tour points of interest to group members, and respond to questions.
  • Escort individuals or groups on cruises, sightseeing tours, or through places of interest such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.
  • Conduct educational activities for school children.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • history and archeology

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Centaur Systems Centaur Travel Business Management System TBMS software
  • TourTech Systems TourTools software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$23,770
per year, on average
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