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Bus Driver
“Driving Places, Smiling Faces”
Bus drivers provide transportation for millions of people, from commuters to school children to vacationers.
The Job
Bus drivers pick up and drop off passengers at bus stops, stations, or-in the case of students-at regularly scheduled neighborhood locations, all according to strict time schedules. Drivers must operate vehicles safely, sometimes in heavy traffic. They also cannot let light traffic put them ahead of schedule so that they miss passengers. Bus drivers drive a range of vehicles from 15-passenger buses to 60-foot buses that can carry more than 100 passengers. Local transit and intercity bus drivers collect fares; answer questions about schedules, routes, and transfer points; and sometimes announce stops. Some intercity drivers operate motor coaches which transport passengers on chartered trips and sightseeing tours. Drivers routinely interact with customers to make the trip as comfortable and informative as possible. Work schedules vary considerably among various types of bus drivers.
Work Environment
Driving a bus through heavy traffic while dealing with passengers is more stressful and fatiguing than physically strenuous. Many drivers enjoy the opportunity to work without direct supervision.
College Majors
Minimum Qualifications
A commercial's driving licence(CDL). Many employers prefer high school graduates. Other state regulations apply. Many school bus drivers have never driven any vehicle larger than car.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Be courteous, have an even temperament and emotional stability.
Quick Facts
  • State and Federal governments establish bus driver qualifications and standards, which include a commercial driver's license.
  • Work schedules vary considerably among various types of bus drivers.
Compensation and Outlook
Median hourly wages for wage-and-salary transit and intercity bus drivers were $16.32 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.44 and $21.58 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.82, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $26.74 per hour. Median hourly wages for wage-and-salary transit and intercity bus drivers were $16.32 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.44 and $21.58 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.82, and the highest 10
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dman78@aol.com
6/30/2010 11:29:03 P
It's not the big balling job, but it works for me. You drive, it can bit a little social, and there's options from there if you want them
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