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Bus Drivers, Transit & Intercity

Also called: Bus Driver, Bus Operator, Motor Coach Operator, Transit Bus Driver

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What they do:
Drive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.
On the job, you would:
  • Drive vehicles over specified routes or to specified destinations according to time schedules, complying with traffic regulations to ensure that passengers have a smooth and safe ride.
  • Park vehicles at loading areas so that passengers can board.
  • Inspect vehicles and check gas, oil, and water levels prior to departure.

Knowledge

Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Business
  • customer service
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Vision
  • see details that are far away
  • decide which thing is closer or farther away from you or decide how far away it is from you
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Spatial
  • know where things are around you

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Map creation software
  • AOL MapQuest
  • Microsoft MapPoint
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$40,780
$24,830
$67,860
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