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Tour Guides

Overview

Tour guides plan and oversee travel arrangements and accommodations for groups of tourists. They assist travelers with questions or problems, and they may provide travelers with itineraries of their proposed travel route and plans. Tour guides research their destinations thoroughly so that they can handle any unforeseen situation that may occur. There are approximately 35,930 tour guides and escorts, and about 2,810 travel guides employed in the United States. 

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Recommended

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Helpful

Organized

Outgoing

Career Ladder
Tour Agency Owner or Travel Writer

Experienced Tour Guide

Entry-Level Tour Guide