Travel Guides
SOC: 39-7012.00


Plan, organize, and conduct long distance travel, tours, and expeditions for individuals and groups.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
3,900 employed

Projected (2024):
3,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Alpine Guide
  • Cruise Agent
  • Cruise Consultant
  • Cruise Coordinator
  • Cruise Counselor
  • Cruise Director
  • Cruise Guide
  • Destination Coordinator
  • Destination Imagination Coordinator
  • Dude Wrangler
  • Guide
  • Hunting and Fishing Guide
  • International Guest Coordinator
  • Mountain Bike Guide
  • Mountain Services Manager
  • River Expedition Guide
  • River Guide
  • Tour Consultant
  • Tour Coordinator
  • Tour Director
  • Tour Escort
  • Tour Guide
  • Tour Manager
  • Tour Operator
  • Tours Captain
  • Tours Hostess
  • Travel Agent
  • Travel Consultant

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    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.


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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Plan tour itineraries, applying knowledge of travel routes and destination sites.
  • Resolve any problems with itineraries, service, or accommodations.
  • Sell travel packages.
  • Arrange for tour or expedition details such as accommodations, transportation, equipment, and the availability of medical personnel.
  • Evaluate services received on the tour, and report findings to tour organizers.
  • Lead individuals or groups to tour site locations and describe points of interest.
  • Verify amounts and quality of equipment prior to expeditions or tours.
  • Pay bills and record checks issued.
  • Attend to special needs of tour participants.
  • Give advice on sightseeing and shopping.
  • Provide tourists with assistance in obtaining permits and documents such as visas, passports, and health certificates, and in converting currency.
  • Administer first aid to injured group participants.
  • Pilot airplanes or drive land and water vehicles to transport tourists to activity or tour sites.
  • Set up camps, and prepare meals for tour group members.
  • Instruct novices in climbing techniques, mountaineering, and wilderness survival, and demonstrate use of hunting, fishing, and climbing equipment.
  • Sell or rent equipment, clothing, and supplies related to expeditions.
  • Explain hunting and fishing laws to groups to ensure compliance.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Animal sound lures
  • Camping tents
  • Climbing carabiners
  • Climbing harnesses
  • Climbing helmets
  • Climbing ropes
  • Computer laser printers
  • Cordless microphones
  • Digital video cameras
  • Electronic maps
  • Emergency first aid kits
  • Equipment trailers
  • Hunting rifles
  • Hunting shotguns
  • Motor coaches
  • Navigation equipment
  • Passenger vehicles
  • Portable public address PA systems
  • Propane camping stoves
  • Radio frequency RF Receivers
  • Radio frequency RF Transmitters
  • Recreational water vehicles
  • Shuttle buses
  • Smart phones
  • Sport fishing reels
  • Sport fishing rods
  • Tablet computers
  • Touring bikes
  • Customer information databases
  • Financial accounting software
  • Global Positioning System GPS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Travel Agent CMS
  • Web browser software

  • personal care and service

    industry stats

    SOC: 39-0000

    Total Employed: 4,307,500

    Average Annual Salary: $25,650