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Tour Guides and Escorts - 39-7011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Art Museum Docent
  • Discovery Guide
  • Docent
  • Guide
  • Historical Interpreter
  • Museum Docent
  • Museum Educator
  • Museum Guide
  • Science Interpreter
  • Tour Guide

SOC Occupation Groups

39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations
39-7000 Tour and Travel Guides
39-7010 Tour and Travel Guides
39-7011.00 Tour Guides and Escorts

Related Occupations


  • Assemble and check the required supplies and equipment prior to departure.
  • Collect fees and tickets from group members.
  • Conduct educational activities for school children.
  • Describe tour points of interest to group members, and respond to questions.
  • Distribute brochures, show audiovisual presentations, and explain establishment processes and operations at tour sites.
  • Drive motor vehicles to transport visitors to establishments and tour site locations.
  • Escort individuals or groups on cruises, sightseeing tours, or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, or art galleries.
  • Greet and register visitors, and issue any required identification badges or safety devices.
  • Monitor visitors' activities to ensure compliance with establishment or tour regulations and safety practices.
  • Perform clerical duties, such as filing, typing, operating switchboards, or routing mail and messages.
  • Provide directions and other pertinent information to visitors.
  • Provide for physical safety of groups, performing such activities as providing first aid or directing emergency evacuations.
  • Provide information about wildlife varieties and habitats, as well as any relevant regulations, such as those pertaining to hunting and fishing.
  • 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.
  • Solicit tour patronage and sell souvenirs.
  • Speak foreign languages to communicate with foreign visitors.
  • Teach skills, such as proper climbing methods, and demonstrate and advise on the use of equipment.
  • Train other guides and volunteers.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer first aid.
  • Collect fares or payment from customers.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
  • Distribute resources to patrons or employees.
  • Drive vehicles to transport patrons.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Gather information in order to provide services to clients.
  • Greet customers, patrons, or visitors.
  • Guide patrons on tours.
  • Monitor availability of equipment or supplies.
  • Monitor patron activities to identify problems or potential problems.
  • Organize recreational activities or events.
  • Perform administrative or clerical tasks.
  • Promote products, services, or programs.
  • Provide attraction or event information to patrons.
  • Provide patrons with directions to locales or attractions.
  • Respond to customer inquiries.
  • Sell products or services.
  • Teach daily living skills or behaviors.
  • Train service staff.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Escort
  • Guide
  • Guide, Establishment
  • Guide, Plant
  • Guide, Sightseeing
  • Museum Attendant
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