In a typical work setting, tour guides:
- Have a high level of job-related social interaction.
- Communicate with clients in person daily.
- Must speak publicly on a daily basis.
- Work in a group or as part of a team.
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- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of those in their tour group.
Physical Work Conditions
- Work both indoors and outdoors, depending on the type of tour. Often work in indoor environments without heat or air conditioning.
- Work near other people, but usually have a few feet of space separating them from others.
- May wear a special uniform so clients can identify them easily.
- May travel to locations in a truck, bus, or van.
- Must be sure that a job is done accurately. Errors could mean clients do not get to visit all the sites on their schedule.
- Sometimes make decisions that affect their clients or the reputation of the company they work for. They consult supervisors for some decisions, but make most without talking to a supervisor.
- Are able to set most tasks for the day without talking to a supervisor.
- Generally have a set schedule each week.
- May work part time or full time, but most work less than 40 hours a week.
- May work more during the summer when more people take vacations.