Tour Guides and Escorts

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Wilderness Guide
  • Whitewater River Guide
  • Tourist Guide
  • Tourist Escort
  • Tour Narrator
  • Tour Guide
  • Tour Escort
  • Tour Driver
  • Tour Coordinator
  • Tour Conductor

What They Do

  • Provide information about wildlife varieties and habitats, as well as any relevant regulations, such as those pertaining to hunting and fishing.
  • Teach skills, such as proper climbing methods, and demonstrate and advise on the use of equipment.
  • Speak foreign languages to communicate with foreign visitors.
  • Solicit tour patronage and sell souvenirs.
  • Perform clerical duties such as filing, typing, operating switchboards, and routing mail and messages.
  • Train other guides and volunteers.
  • Provide for physical safety of groups, performing such activities as providing first aid and directing emergency evacuations.
  • Assemble and check the required supplies and equipment prior to departure.
  • Collect fees and tickets from group members.
  • Drive motor vehicles to transport visitors to establishments and tour site locations.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • History and Archeology - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $25,530 with most people making between $17,020 and $38,850

Outlook

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