Also known as Art Museum Docent, Discovery Guide, Docent, Guide, Historical Interpreter, Museum Docent, Museum Educator, Museum Guide, Science Interpreter, Tour Guide
Also known as Art Museum Docent, Discovery Guide, Docent
Tour Guides escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.
Tour Guides are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Tour Guides. More generally, Tour Guides are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Tour Guide is $29,460, and the average salary is $32,200. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Tour Guide salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Tour Guides earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Tour Guides earn less than $20,430 per year, 25% earn less than $24,200, 75% earn less than $37,730, and 90% earn less than $47,660.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Tour Guides is expected to change by 29.1%, and there should be roughly 9,200 open positions for Tour Guides every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Tour Guide are usually higher in their Social and Enterprising interests.
Tour Guides typically have very strong Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Also, Tour Guides typically have moderate Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Tour Guide tend to value Relationships, Support, and Independence.
Most importantly, Tour Guides strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Tour Guides somewhat value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Tour Guides somewhat value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Tour Guides must consistently demonstrate qualities such as self-control, adaptability/flexibility, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Tour Guides, ranked by importance:
Tour Guides often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Tour Guides usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Tour Guides may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, history and archeology, or communications and media knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Tour Guides might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Tour Guides must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Tour Guides need abilities such as oral expression, oral comprehension, and speech clarity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Tour Guides, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Tour Guides frequently use skills like speaking, active listening, and social perceptiveness to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Tour Guides, ranked by their relative importance.
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