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Travel Guides

Also called: Guide, Tour Director, Tour Escort, Tour Manager

What they do:
Plan, organize, and conduct long distance travel, tours, and expeditions for individuals and groups.
On the job, you would:
  • Plan tour itineraries, applying knowledge of travel routes and destination sites.
  • Resolve any problems with itineraries, service, or accommodations.
  • Sell travel packages.


  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Math and Science
  • geography
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • looking for ways to help people
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Persistence
  • Social Orientation


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Accounting software
  • Financial accounting software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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