Tour Guides and Escorts


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5.4% (as fast as the average)


What Tour Guides and Escorts Do

Escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.

Other Job Titles Tour Guides and Escorts May Have

Art Museum Docent, Discovery Guide, Docent, Guide, Historical Interpreter, Museum Docent, Museum Educator, Museum Guide, Science Interpreter, Tour Guide

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Guide II Supervisor ,

Hearst Castle

Daily work is quite variable. I normally answer sick calls and replace employees in the morning. I then check employees in and ensure the tour operation is running smoothly throughout the day. After that, I work on ongoing assignments like planning and scheduling school and ADA tours. I also monitor and evaluate tour guide's tours. I mentor the guide staff and assist them with any problems. I analyze the tour program and address any issues in meetings. Lastly, I give tours to VIP guests.

Poet, Student Ambassador Tour Guide ,

NHTI Concord's Community College

As a poet my days are spontaneous and require me to write it down. A day in the life of a college tour guide consists of the following: usually I get together with my fellow tour guides and we do an ice breaker team building exercise. Then it is off to greet new students and prospective students. Usually this concludes with me and the other tour guides offering the new students the opportunity to sit in with us and eat a communal meal so they can experience first hand a taste of college!

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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, or art galleries.
  • Monitor visitors' activities to ensure compliance with establishment or tour regulations and safety practices.
  • Conduct educational activities for school children.
  • Research various topics, including site history, environmental conditions, and clients' skills and abilities to plan appropriate expeditions, instruction, and commentary.

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