Tour Guides and Escorts

risk level
Based on 92 votes
by year 2032
or $16.56 per hour
as of 2022

Employment data isn't available specifically for this occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so we are using the data from Tour and Travel Guides.


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Automation risk

53% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

56% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 53% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Tour Guides and Escorts will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Tour and Travel Guides' job openings is expected to rise 15.3% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Tour and Travel Guides' was $34,440, or $16 per hour

'Tour and Travel Guides' were paid 25.6% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 41,180 people employed as 'Tour and Travel Guides' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 3 thousand people are employed as 'Tour and Travel Guides'.

Job description

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

SOC Code: 39-7011.00


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Frances Brennan (Moderate) says
We are still at the point where visitors seek a personal interactive engaged tour guide who will accompany them on their journey within the host region
The human emotive customer oriented tour guide is as yet preferred over a robotic machine counterpart who lacks empathy feeling and passion for the host region visited
Nov 07, 2023 at 09:43 PM
Kate (Low) says
There's no way an AI-guided tour would be as interesting, well-done, and adapted to individual needs as the one conducted by a human being.
Dec 19, 2022 at 08:50 PM
Taher (Low) says
Because it needs real social interaction and a person walking to show
Nov 06, 2022 at 12:51 AM
Will says
Yea Take a walk through the woods with Johnny 5.
Jul 09, 2021 at 05:12 AM
Pablo (Uncertain) says
Our business is not bringing information (easy to replace) but bringing a connection with the local flavor and deliver a human empathy.
Mar 23, 2021 at 08:51 PM
Sarah (Highly likely) says
Robots are becoming tour guides as I can imagine. Artifical intelligence plans to guide tours soon, a job that a computer can do.
Jun 26, 2019 at 08:32 PM
Tracy says
Well, i don't believe AI or robots can replace all the workforce within the next 20 years. But I think AI can replace most work without many skills, some work that just requires following orders will be easily automated by AI. The work that will not be replaced will be work which requires problem solving skills, creativity, or critical thinking... However, I guess AI can automate almost 98% of jobs within the next 100 years.
Apr 04, 2019 at 02:56 AM
Shannon says
Depends on the TYPE of tour guide. At a museum? Definitely doomed. As a rafting or hiking tour guide? No way.
Mar 31, 2019 at 03:57 PM
Suzanna says
What about an aquarium tour guide?
Nov 18, 2019 at 02:37 AM

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