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Sightseeing Guides - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, tour guides:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Work Performance

  • 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.