Also known as Cruise Counselor, Guide, Mountain Bike Guide, River Guide, Tour Coordinator, Tour Director, Tour Escort, Tour Manager, Tour Operator, Tours Captain
Also known as Cruise Counselor, Guide, Mountain Bike Guide
Travel Guides plan, organize, and conduct long-distance travel, tours, and expeditions for individuals and groups.
Travel Guides are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Travel Guides. More generally, Travel Guides are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Travel Guide is $29,460, and the average salary is $32,200. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Travel Guide salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Travel Guides earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Travel 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 Travel Guides is expected to change by 29.1%, and there should be roughly 9,200 open positions for Travel 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 Travel Guide are usually higher in their Enterprising, Conventional, and Social interests.
Travel Guides typically have very strong 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.
Also, Travel Guides typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Travel Guides typically have moderate Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
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 Travel Guide tend to value Independence, Relationships, and Achievement.
Most importantly, Travel Guides strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Second, Travel 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.
Lastly, Travel Guides moderately value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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 Travel Guides must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and stress tolerance.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Travel Guides, ranked by importance:
Travel Guides often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Travel 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.
Travel Guides may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, sales and marketing, or geography knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Travel Guides might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Travel 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, Travel Guides need abilities such as speech recognition, oral comprehension, and speech clarity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Travel 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.
Travel Guides frequently use skills like speaking, active listening, and service orientation to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Travel Guides, ranked by their relative importance.
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