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Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation: NAICS 487

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About the Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation subsector

The scenic and sightseeing transportation subsector is part of the transportation and warehousing sector.

Industries in the Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation subsector utilize transportation equipment to provide recreation and entertainment. These activities have a production process distinct from passenger transportation carried out for the purpose of other types of for-hire transportation. This process does not emphasize efficient transportation; in fact, such activities often use obsolete vehicles, such as steam trains, to provide some extra ambience. The activity is local in nature, usually involving a same-day return to the point of departure.

North American Industry Classification System

The scenic and sightseeing transportation subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in scenic and sightseeing transportation. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

Data series Back
data
Dec.
2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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29.2 29.6 (P) 29.2 (P) 29.1

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

3,380

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

2,110

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

970

Sailors and marine oilers

1,200

Tour guides and escorts

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for scenic and sightseeing transportation.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Wages

This section presents data on recent hourly and annual wages for occupations commonly found in beverage and tobbaco product manufacturing.

Wages by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

$13.06 $13.70 $27,170 $28,490

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

$21.50 $25.33 $44,730 $52,680

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

$11.84 $13.03 $24,630 $27,090

Sailors and marine oilers

$11.44 $13.87 $23,790 $28,850

Tour guides and escorts

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in scenic and sightseeing transportation. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2009 2010 2011 2012

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

4 7 7 (P) 6

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

3.6 4.0 3.5 3.6

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.0 2.6 2.1 2.1

Cases involving days away from work

1.8 1.6 1.7 1.6

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.2 0.9 0.5 0.5

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in scenic and sightseeing transportation.

Establishments

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4th quarter
2012
1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013

Number of establishments

Private industry

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2,952 (P) 2,922 (P) 2,975 (P) 2,993

Local government

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26 (P) 26 (P) 26 (P) 26

State government

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10 (P) 10 (P) 10 (P) 10

Federal government

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2 (P) 2 (P) 2 (P) 2

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

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Career Guide to Industries

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Data extracted on: April 18, 2014

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