Career outlook for tourist guide
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would show visitors around places of historic, artistic or cultural interest. You’d explain facts, tell interesting stories and answer questions about the place and its people.
Some tour guides work in one place while others accompany groups on tours to a number of places or sites.
The places where you might do tours could include:
- Towns and cities
- Historic buildings
- Religious sites
- Art galleries
You would escort groups around the site or area and, from memory, talk clearly about its history, purpose, architecture or other points of interest. You’d keep your audience interested and help them understand why the place is significant.
Guided tours could include:
- Sightseeing tours
- Tours for special interest groups
- Themed walks
You could also work as a driver guide, taking small groups of tourists to places of interest in a car or minibus.
As well as helping with people’s enquiries you’d need to be aware of health and safety.
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- Verbal communication
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
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