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Tour Guides and Escorts

Escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.   (O'Net 39-7011.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Admitting Office Escort, Adventure Guide, Alpine Guide, Art Museum Aide, Art Museum Docent, Deckhand, Discovery Guide, Docent, Driver/Guide, Education Specialist, Environmental Educator, Escort, Escort Service Attendant, Establishment Guide, Fishing Guide, Guide, Haunted History Tour Guide, Historical Guide, Historical Interpreter, Historical Site Guide, Hunter Guide, Hunting and Fishing Guide, Hunting Guide, Interpreter, Interpretive Program Coordinator, Licensed Guide, Mountain Guide, Museum Assistant, Museum Attendant, Museum Docent, Museum Educator, Museum Guide, Museum Tour Guide, National Park Tour Guide, Outdoor Guide, Page, Park Guide, Plant Guide, Presenter, River Guide, River Rafting Guide, Science Interpreter, Sightseeing Guide, Site Interpreter, Student Ambassador, Tour Bus Driver/Guide, Tour Conductor, Tour Coordinator, Tour Driver, Tour Escort, Tour Guide, Tour Narrator, Tourist Escort, Tourist Guide, Wellness Guide, Whitewater River Guide, Wilderness Guide
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 9.87   $ 10.39   $ 11.27   $ 12.99   $ 17.24   $ 12.46  
    Yearly $20,520   $21,620   $23,450   $27,010   $35,860   $25,910  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 9.90   $ 10.34   $ 11.08   $ 11.83   $ 14.23   $ 11.45  
    Yearly $20,600   $21,520   $23,040   $24,600   $29,590   $23,810  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.78   $ 10.30   $ 11.18   $ 12.00   $ 14.27   $ 12.14  
    Yearly $20,340   $21,430   $23,240   $24,970   $29,680   $25,260  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 15.31   $ 16.57   $ 18.68   $ 21.56   $ 23.45   $ 18.44  
    Yearly $31,840   $34,470   $38,860   $44,840   $48,780   $38,360  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 260 276 0.6% 12
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions 29.5%
    Administrative and support services 15.7%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 13.9%
    Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries 10.8%
    Scenic and sightseeing transportation 6.1%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Describe tour points of interest to group members, and respond to questions.
     
  • Escort individuals or groups on cruises, sightseeing tours, or through places of interest such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.
     
  • Conduct educational activities for school children.
     
  • Monitor visitors' activities to ensure compliance with establishment or tour regulations and safety practices.
     
  • Provide directions and other pertinent information to visitors.
     
  • Greet and register visitors, and issue any required identification badges or safety devices.
     
  • Distribute brochures, show audiovisual presentations, and explain establishment processes and operations at tour sites.
     
  • Research various topics, including site history, environmental conditions, and clients' skills and abilities to plan appropriate expeditions, instruction, and commentary.
     
  • Select travel routes and sites to be visited based on knowledge of specific areas.
     
  • Drive motor vehicles to transport visitors to establishments and tour site locations.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Tour Guides and Escorts  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Tour Guides and Escorts  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Tour Guides and Escorts  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Tour Guides and Escorts  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
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  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Tour Guides and Escorts  updated July 2011
     


    Interests
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Tour Guides and Escorts  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Tour Guides and Escorts  updated July 2011
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • 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.
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  • Experience: 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Tour Guides and Escorts  updated July 2011
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Tour Guides and Escorts 
     

     
     
     
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