Bus Driver Job Description

WHAT DO BUS DRIVERS DO?

The wheels on the bus go round and round, and the dollars from your paycheck go in your wallet. Bus drivers take people to and from places like work, school and long distances. The buses they drive range from 15 seats to 100 seats. Their job is to ensure a quick and safe ride from point A to point B, with any stops in between. They check tires, oil and instruments to make sure the vehicle is safe, follow the rules of the road, and keep passengers safe and informed about any schedule changes.

HOW MUCH DO BUS DRIVERS MAKE?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median income for bus drivers in 2010 was $14.02 an hour or $29,160 annually.

WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?

Bus drivers must have a high school diploma or equivalent, a valid commercial driver's license (CDL), pass a vision test and complete a short training program.

JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Customer Service: Bus drivers work with passengers directly, and must be friendly and courteous.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination: Bus drivers need to use their arms, legs, hands, eyes and ears all at the same time.
  • Hearing/Vision: Good hearing and vision are needed. Federal regulations stipulate that bus drivers must be able to hear a forced whisper at five feet and have at least 20/40 vision.
  • Patience: Traffic, children, impatient riders, and other stressful situations face bus drivers every day.
  • Health: Bus drivers must be in good health. Federal regulations prevent people with high blood pressure or epilepsy operate a bus.

CAREER PATHS FOR BUS DRIVERS

Supervisor
Dispatcher

THE FUTURE OF BUS DRIVERS

Bus driver jobs will grow by 13% between 2010 and 2020, which is average for most jobs, according to the BLS.