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Bus Drivers

Bus Drivers
Quick Facts : Bus Drivers*
2010 Median Pay$29,160
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012647,200
Job Outlook13% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change83,000

Bus drivers transport people between a variety of places including work, school, shopping, and across state borders. Some drive regular routes, and others transport passengers on chartered trips or sightseeing tours. About 54 percent of all bus drivers worked full time in 2010, and 39 percent worked part time.

What Bus Drivers Do

  • Check the bus tires, lights, and oil and do other basic maintenance
  • Pick up and drop off passengers at designated locations
  • Help disabled passengers get on and off the bus
  • Follow safety procedures to make sure they and all passengers are safe
  • Keep passengers informed of possible delays

Work Environment

Driving through heavy traffic or dealing with unruly passengers can be stressful for bus drivers. About 54 percent of all bus drivers worked full time in 2010, and 39 percent worked part time. The rest had variable schedules.
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Job Outlook

Employment of bus drivers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, and a 15 percent growth for transit and intercity drivers (including motor coach).
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The average salary of transit and intercity bus drivers, which includes motor coach drivers, was $35,520 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Bus Drivers

Bus drivers must have a commercial driver's license (CDL) and complete a short training. A driver must also meet hearing and vision requirements. In addition, they often need a high school diploma or the equivalent.
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