Bus Drivers, Transit & Intercity
Also called: Bus Driver, Bus Operator, Motor Coach Operator, Transit Bus Driver
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Whether they’re going to work or crossing the country, passengers depend on the skills and courtesy of bus drivers to get them where they need to go. Bus drivers transport people between locations in a city, and across state and national borders. They must drive through all types of weather conditions, handle passenger emergencies, and keep passengers safe, all while maintaining a schedule. Local transit bus drivers follow a daily schedule to drive passengers on regular routes in cities and suburbs. They may collect fares and issue transfers, and often answer questions about schedules and routes. Intercity bus drivers transport passengers between cities or towns, picking up and dropping off passengers at bus stations or downtown stops. Charter bus drivers take passengers on trips or sightseeing tours. Motor coach drivers usually stay with the passengers for the length of the trip, and help passengers load and unload baggage. Most employers prefer a high school diploma or equivalent. Once hired, bus drivers get 1 to 3 months of training, starting on a driving course... then in light traffic... eventually taking practice runs on the type of route they’ll drive after training. Drivers may work nights and weekends. All bus drivers must have a commercial driver’s license —or CDL— with an endorsement for driving a bus… good hearing and vision… and a good driving record. Some employers offer the opportunity to earn a CDL on the job.
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.
- movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
- customer service
Safety and Government
- public safety and security
- law and government
Arts and Humanities
- English language
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
- looking for ways to help people
- understanding people's reactions
- quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
- use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
- 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
- pay attention to something without being distracted
- do two or more things at the same time
- know where things are around you
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Self Control
- Concern for Others
- Attention to Detail
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
New job opportunities are likely in the future.