Learn about the types of people who become tour guides. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2022

29% of tour guides work in full-time roles while 71% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a tour guide. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming tour guides at a ratio of 1.23 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2022

67% of tour guides are female and 33% are male.


Gender Bias, 2022

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a tour guide and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a tour guide and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming a tour guide than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of tour guides are White, making up 69% of the population. The next highest segments are Other and Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish, making up 7% and 7% respectively.