Outdoor Adventure Guides
Outdoor Adventure Guides direct, instruct and guide individuals and groups in outdoor adventure activities such as bungy jumping, fishing and hunting, mountaineering, trekking and whitewater rafting.
meeting members of a tour on arrival and making introductions
organising and supervising groups involved in outdoor adventures such as bungy jumping, fishing and hunting, mountaineering, trekking and whitewater rafting
setting up and maintaining equipment, and ensuring that equipment is safe and in working condition
demonstrating and providing instruction in the use of equipment and techniques required for participation
providing advice on safety measures, and ensuring that activities are conducted in a manner to minimise risk to participants
responding to emergencies by providing first aid assistance and taking appropriate further action if required
answering questions and advising on local interest points within a specific region
may maintain written reports of daily activities and carry out other administrative work
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers in this occupation is likely to remain stable.
Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 57% of people employed as Outdoor Adventure Guides work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 9 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 49 hours per week in their main job. This is 5 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Median full-time earnings are $1,264 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,168
- 1 in 4 earn more than $1,540
Median hourly earnings are $30, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Outdoor Adventure Guides||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
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Around 61% of Outdoor Adventure Guides live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Queensland has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Outdoor Adventure Guides is 30 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 37% of the workforce. This is 11 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Outdoor Adventure Guides||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.6||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Relevant experience is usually needed to work as an Outdoor Adventure Guide. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in outdoor recreation.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Sport, Fitness and Recreation VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Outdoor Adventure Guides||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||11.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||5.3||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Outdoor Adventure Guides who interact well with others, provide good customer service and are physically fit.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Looking for ways to help people.
50%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
48%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Talking to others.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
45%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
37%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Using maths to solve problems.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
75%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
71%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
64%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
50%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
45%History and archeology
Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.
43%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
39%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
38%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
38%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
38%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
36%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
31%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
30%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
46%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
See details that are far away.
Do two or more things at the same time.
41%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
36%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
76%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
67%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
65%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
64%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
59%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
55%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
55%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
53%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
51%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
48%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
47%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
46%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
43%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
41%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
41%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
40%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
39%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
31%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
96%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
93%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Talk on the telephone.
90%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
90%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Work with people in a group or team.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
86%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
84%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Use electronic mail.
82%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
76%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
75%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
75%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
74%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work to strict deadlines.
62%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
61%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
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