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Occupation Title: Tour Guides & Escorts

Description: Escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 39-7011

Sample Job Titles: Tour Guide, Docent, Historical Interpreter, Museum Guide, Interpreter, Discovery Guide, Guide, Museum Educator, Science Interpreter, Museum Docent 

Salary Chart Tour Guides and Escorts

Estimated Total Employment*
2010: 29,690
2011: 30,730
2012: 31,270
2013: 34,530
2014: 35,100

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2012-2022): 23,400
Projected Growth (2012-2022): 8-14%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

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