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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.

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    Work Activities

    • 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, or art galleries.
    • Monitor visitors' activities to ensure compliance with establishment or tour regulations and safety practices.
    • Conduct educational activities for school children.
    • Provide for physical safety of groups, performing such activities as providing first aid or directing emergency evacuations.
    • Research various topics, including site history, environmental conditions, and clients' skills and abilities to plan appropriate expeditions, instruction, and commentary.
    • Assemble and check the required supplies and equipment prior to departure.
    • 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.
    • Provide directions and other pertinent information to visitors.
    • Drive motor vehicles to transport visitors to establishments and tour site locations.
    • Train other guides and volunteers.
    • Provide information about wildlife varieties and habitats, as well as any relevant regulations, such as those pertaining to hunting and fishing.
    • Teach skills, such as proper climbing methods, and demonstrate and advise on the use of equipment.
    • Collect fees and tickets from group members.
    • Select travel routes and sites to be visited based on knowledge of specific areas.
    • Perform clerical duties, such as filing, typing, operating switchboards, or routing mail and messages.
    • Solicit tour patronage and sell souvenirs.


    • 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.


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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.


    • 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.

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    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Self Control
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Concern for Others
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail


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