Tour Guides escort visitors on sightseeing, educational and other tours, and describe and explain points of interest.

Also known as: Tour Escort or Tour Leader.

Specialisations: Regional Guide.

You can work as a Tour Guide without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in tourism or guiding might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Meets and greets visitors.
  • Controls visitors' access to exhibits.
  • Plans and rearranges schedules and itineraries.
  • Plans, organises and conducts tours.
  • Arranges transportation and accommodation for visitors following planned itineraries.
  • Arranges entry to places of interest.
  • Answers questions, provides commentaries, issues brochures and tour literature, shows audio-visual presentations, and explains components 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

  • $1,374 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Tour Guides

  • 4,700 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 47% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 43% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Tour Guides (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 3,800 in 2011 to 4,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Tour Guides work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (47%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 43% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Services46.8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing18.6
Arts and Recreation Services16.6
Accommodation and Food Services4.4
Other Industries13.6

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.
StateTour GuidesAll Jobs Average
NSW28.031.6
VIC18.225.6
QLD25.220.0
SA5.77.0
WA9.410.8
TAS5.42.0
NT5.61.0
ACT2.31.9

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 BracketTour GuidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.4-5.05.0
20-248.4-9.39.3
25-3422.7-22.922.9
35-4418.2-22.022.0
45-5421.9-21.621.6
55-5910.6-9.09.0
60-647.4-6.06.0
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 QualificationTour GuidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree27.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV16.1-21.121.1
Year 1220.8-18.118.1
Year 113.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below8.2-12.512.5

You can work as a Tour Guide without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in tourism or guiding might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • manual drivers licence
  • first aid certificate

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

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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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Demands

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

  1. Deal With External Customers

    90% Important

    How important is it to work with customers or the public?

  2. Contact With Others

    90% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    89% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Freedom to Make Decisions

    86% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  5. Public Speaking

    86% Important

    How often do you have to talk to a group of people?

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-7011.00 - Tour Guides and Escorts.

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