Tour Guide

Occupation Information table
Overview: Travel guides plan and escort groups of tourists and business groups on sightseeing trips. They arrange for travel ticketing, hotels, restaurants, visas, passports, etc. They prepare and give lectures about works of art, historic sites, famous buildings, battle grounds, etc.
Duties: They arrange for transportation and living accommodations for groups of tourists following a planned itinerary. They escort the groups throughout their trip according to the travel plan.

They analyze the group's educational level, interests and language capabilities. They prepare lectures on points of interest to be visited to assure their satisfaction.

They assist individual travel members in arrangements for visas, passports, health certificates and business aids such as fax equipment, telephone and money conversions.

They study the historic and cultural details about foreign cities, works of art and architecture in order to give full explanations to tourists. They master languages as required.

Degree(s): A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is expected have little or no change from 2018 to 2028. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Starting Salary: Starting earnings include gratuities from tourists in tour groups. You are also compensated for travel and living expenses while on tour.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $32,000
Education Level: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
Additional Training/Education: A liberal arts bachelor's degree with a major in areas such as history, fine arts, geographical area studies or geography is an ideal educational background for this occupation. Additional course work in foreign languages, public speaking, art history, humanities, natural science and tourism will reinforce your credentials.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • The ability to make appropriate use of equipment and materials to get a job done.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.