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A keen interest in current affairs, a willingness to travel and an acceptance that this role is a lifestyle choice are all necessary. I believe having lived abroad for a period of time and experiencing different cultures are also an advantage.
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Tour Guide

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€21k > 48 
Tour Guide
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€21 - 48 
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Data Source(s):
payscale.com / Tourism Insight (2016)

Last Updated: November, 2016

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Tourist guides show visitors around places of interest, such as towns and cities, historic buildings, gardens, religious sites or museums and art galleries.


The Work header image

As a tourist guide you could:

  • work in one place such as a castle or historic house, or
  • accompany groups on day tours to interesting places or sites.

You would escort groups around the site or area, and give information about history, purpose, architecture or other points of interest. Guided tours could be:

  • sightseeing tours
  • tours for special interest groups
  • themed walks.

You could also work as a 'driver guide', taking small groups of tourists on guided tours around places of interest in a car or minibus.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Describe tour points of interest to group members, and respond to questions.

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

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Conduct educational activities for school children.

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Monitor visitors' activities to ensure compliance with establishment or tour regulations and safety practices.

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Provide directions and other pertinent information to visitors.

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Greet and register visitors, and issue any required identification badges or safety devices.

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Distribute brochures, show audiovisual presentations, and explain establishment processes and operations at tour sites.

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Research various topics, including site history, environmental conditions, and clients' skills and abilities to plan appropriate expeditions, instruction, and commentary.

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Select travel routes and sites to be visited based on knowledge of specific areas.

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Drive motor vehicles to transport visitors to establishments and tour site locations.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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History and Archeology:  Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be a tourist guide you should have:

  • an interest in working with people
  • confidence to speak to groups of people
  • excellent communication skills, and
  • a clear voice the ability to present information in an interesting way, even when repeating the same tour many times a day
  • a good memory for facts, figures and events
  • an interest in the arts, history and other related subjects, such as architecture.


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Go..Brands/Heritage Assistant - from:  icould [UK] Video
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Organisation: Society of Indexers
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Organisation: Dublin Tourism
  Address: Tourism Centre, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 605 7700
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