TRAVEL GUIDES provide information, point out and describe interesting places, or lead travelers through forests, mountains and other remote areas. They verify and confirm previously made transportation, meal, and hotel arrangements, and handle problems as they arise. They may escort groups during an entire trip, and stop at places on the way, such as museum, caves, parks, and historic sites. They are responsible for the safety and comfort of the group throughout the trip, and take care of the special needs of people on the tour. They handle emergencies, such as injuries or illnesses. They may help tourists obtain foreign currency and in the event of a lost or stolen passport or other items.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $28,500 average per year ($13.75 per hour)
- A medium occupation (33,300 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.0% per year)
Most employers prefer applicants for TRAVEL GUIDE positions who have at least a high school diploma. Applicants who have taken college courses such as history, geography, art, or literature may have a better chance of being hired. The ability to speak a foreign language is required for travel abroad. No special licensing or certification is required for travel guides.
- American Indian/Native Amer Studies
- Area Studies, Gen (African, Mid-East)
- Asian Languages & Literatures
- Foreign Languages/Literatures, Gen
- French Language & Literature
- German Language & Literature
- Middle Eastern Languages/Literature
- Spanish Language & Literature
- Tourism & Travel Marketing
- Travel/Tourism Management