Career Details

Tour Guide

Career Overview

A tour guide may schedule and conduct tours of various historical or interesting locations. Nick, the tour guide featured in the video, does a lot more than just a tour guide because he is the owner of his tour company.


There is not set degree requirement for this position. A four-year bachelor's degree in history or a related field may be very useful in obtaining one of these positions.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$18,000 /yr
$24,000 /yr
$43,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • Hospitality
  • History
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Most tour guide positions are likely part-time.

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Work Environment

A tour guide can work for any tour company, historical site, or museum. Many people who do this only do it part-time. Many tours may require outdoor work and one may spend long periods of time on their feet.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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