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Career and Education Opportunities for Tour Guides in North Carolina

North Carolina has a population of 9,380,884, which has grown by 16.54% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Tar Heel State," its capital is Raleigh, though its largest city is Charlotte.

There are currently 630 working tour guides in North Carolina; this should grow 18% to about 740 working tour guides in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for tour guides are expected to grow by about 11.7%. In general, tour guides escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.

A person working as a tour guide can expect to earn about $8 hourly or $18,310 per year on average in North Carolina and about $11 hourly or $23,270 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for tour guides are not quite as good as in the overall category of Travel in North Carolina, and not quite as good as the overall Travel category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 5,497,808 jobs in North Carolina. The average annual income was $35,249 in 2008, up from $34,865 in 2007. The unemployment rate in North Carolina was 10.6% in 2009, which has grown by 4.4% since the previous year. About 22.5% of North Carolina residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Carolina include beverage product manufacturing, tobacco manufacturing, and pharmaceutical preparation manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, the Mint Hill Country Doctors Museum, and the Carolinas Aviation Museum.

CITIES WITH Tour Guide OPPORTUNITIES IN North Carolina


JOB DESCRIPTION: Tour Guide

Tour Guide video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, tour guides escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.

Every day, tour guides are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

LOCATION INFORMATION: North Carolina

North Carolina
North Carolina photo by Jan van der Crabben

North Carolina has a population of 9,380,884, which has grown by 16.54% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Tar Heel State," its capital is Raleigh, though its most populous city is Charlotte. In 2008, there were a total of 5,497,808 jobs in North Carolina. The average annual income was $35,249 in 2008, up from $34,865 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in North Carolina was 10.6% in 2009, which has grown by 4.4% since the previous year. Approximately 22.5% of North Carolina residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Carolina include beverage product manufacturing, tobacco manufacturing, and pharmaceutical preparation manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Mint Hill Country Doctors Museum, the Levine Museum of the New South, and the McGill Rose Garden.