Travel Guides

Hospitality & Tourism > Travel & Tourism

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Plan, organize, and conduct long distance travel, tours, and expeditions for individuals and groups.

Common job titles of Travel Guides include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 40.36% said they needed a Some College Courses.

  • 33% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Sell travel packages.

    Give advice on sightseeing and shopping.

    Arrange for tour or expedition details such as accommodations, transportation, equipment, and the availability of medical personnel.

    Explain hunting and fishing laws to groups to ensure compliance.

    Sell or rent equipment, clothing, and supplies related to expeditions.

    Attend to special needs of tour participants.

    Pay bills and record checks issued.

    Evaluate services received on the tour, and report findings to tour organizers.

    Resolve any problems with itineraries, service, or accommodations.

    Plan tour itineraries, applying knowledge of travel routes and destination sites.

    Instruct novices in climbing techniques, mountaineering, and wilderness survival, and demonstrate use of hunting, fishing, and climbing equipment.

    Pilot airplanes or drive land and water vehicles to transport tourists to activity or tour sites.

    Provide tourists with assistance in obtaining permits and documents such as visas, passports, and health certificates, and in converting currency.

    Verify amounts and quality of equipment prior to expeditions or tours.

    Lead individuals or groups to tour site locations and describe points of interest.

    Set up camps, and prepare meals for tour group members.

    Administer first aid to injured group participants.


Touring bikes

Tablet computers

Sport fishing rods

Sport fishing reels

Smart phones

Shuttle buses

Recreational water vehicles

All Tools

Radio frequency RF Transmitters

Radio frequency RF Receivers

Propane camping stoves

Portable public address PA systems

Passenger vehicles

Navigation equipment

Motor coaches

Hunting shotguns

Hunting rifles

Equipment trailers

Emergency first aid kits

Electronic maps

Digital video cameras

Cordless microphones

Computer laser printers

Climbing ropes

Climbing helmets

Climbing harnesses

Climbing carabiners

Camping tents

Animal sound lures



Microsoft Access

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Word


Customer information databases

All Technologies

Data visualization software

Financial accounting software

Global positioning system GPS software

Travel Agent CMS

Web browser software

Word processing software



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.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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