Gallery, Museum and Tour Guides direct and guide visitors in galleries and museums, and escort visitors on sightseeing, educational and other tours.

    You can work as a Gallery, Museum or Tour Guide without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Gallery, Museum and Tour Guides.

    Tasks

    • meeting and greeting visitors
    • controlling visitors' access to exhibits
    • ensuring safety of collections
    • maintaining attendance records
    • planning and rearranging schedules and itineraries
    • planning, organising and conducting tours
    • arranging transportation and accommodation for visitors following planned itineraries
    • arranging entry to places of interest
    • answering questions, providing commentaries, issuing brochures and tour literature, showing audiovisual presentations, and explaining features and procedures at tour sites
    • may assist with installing and dismantling exhibits

    More about Gallery, Museum and Tour Guides

    All Gallery, Museum and Tour Guides

    All Gallery, Museum and Tour Guides

    • $1,374 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Unavailable Unemployment
    • 6,400 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 43% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 48% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Gallery, Museum and Tour Guides (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 6,500 in 2014 to 6,400 in 2019.

    Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Gallery, Museum and Tour Guides work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Arts and Recreation Services; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,374 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (43%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 48% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20095700
    20107100
    20117400
    20127400
    20134600
    20146500
    20158300
    20166900
    20178100
    20189200
    20196400
    20247300

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsGallery, Museum and Tour GuidesAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings13741460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Administrative and Support Services36.9
    Arts and Recreation Services29.0
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing14.7
    Public Administration and Safety5.5
    Other Industries13.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateGallery, Museum and Tour GuidesAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.231.6
    VIC18.525.6
    QLD23.620.0
    SA5.27.0
    WA9.110.8
    TAS6.02.0
    NT4.81.0
    ACT4.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketGallery, Museum and Tour GuidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.4-5.05.0
    20-249.4-9.39.3
    25-3424.0-22.922.9
    35-4417.8-22.022.0
    45-5420.7-21.621.6
    55-5910.1-9.09.0
    60-647.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over8.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationGallery, Museum and Tour GuidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate12.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree29.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV14.2-21.121.1
    Year 1219.8-18.118.1
    Year 113.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below7.3-12.512.5

    You can work as a Gallery, Museum or Tour Guide without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Gallery, Museum and Tour Guides.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Gallery, Museum and Tour Guides who can connect with others and provide good customer service.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      69% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. English language

      57% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Education and training

      54% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    4. History and archeology

      53% Skill level

      Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

    5. Geography

      44% Skill level

      Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

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    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Contact with the public

      90% Important

      Work with customers or the public.

    2. Contact with people

      90% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      89% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Freedom to make decisions

      86% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

    5. Public speaking

      86% Important

      Talk to a group of people.

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