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53-3022.00 - Bus Drivers, School or Special Client

Transport students or special clients, such as the elderly or persons with disabilities. Ensure adherence to safety rules. May assist passengers in boarding or exiting.

Sample of reported job titles: Bus Driver, Bus Driver/Monitor, Driver, School Bus Driver, School Bus Driver/Custodian, School Bus Driver/Mechanic, School Bus Driver/Teacher Assistant, Shuttle Bus Driver, Special Education Bus Driver, Special Needs Bus Driver

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Follow safety rules as students board and exit buses or cross streets near bus stops. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Comply with traffic regulations to operate vehicles in a safe and courteous manner. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain order among pupils during trips to ensure safety. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Check the condition of a vehicle's tires, brakes, windshield wipers, lights, oil, fuel, water, and safety equipment to ensure that everything is in working order. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Escort small children across roads and highways. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Report any bus malfunctions or needed repairs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pick up and drop off students at regularly scheduled neighborhood locations, following strict time schedules. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain knowledge of first-aid procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and submit reports that may include the number of passengers or trips, hours worked, mileage, fuel consumption, or fares received. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read maps and follow written and verbal geographic directions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive gasoline, diesel, or electrically powered multi-passenger vehicles to transport students between neighborhoods, schools, and school activities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Regulate heating, lighting, and ventilation systems for passenger comfort. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Keep bus interiors clean for passengers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Report delays, accidents, or other traffic and transportation situations, using telephones or mobile two-way radios. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Make minor repairs to vehicles. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Automotive doors — Powered service doors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bar code reader equipment — Barcode scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Busses — Passenger buses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first-aid kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency vehicle exits — Emergency exit doors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Exterior automobile lighting — Bus warning lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers — Portable fire extinguishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifts — Wheelchair lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile phones — Cell phones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — On-board data input terminals See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radio frequency identification devices — Radio frequency identification RFID devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Security cameras — Digital surveillance camera systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tire pressure gauge — Tire pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vehicle traction control systems — Snow chains See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheelchair accessories — Wheelchair restraint systems See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Map creation software — AOL MapQuest; Microsoft MapPoint See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Follow safety procedures for vehicle operation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Receive information or instructions for performing work assignments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect motor vehicles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Notify others of emergencies, problems, or hazards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drive passenger vehicles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Read maps to determine routes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist customers to ensure comfort or safety. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain professional knowledge or certifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational details of travel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain vehicles in good working condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean vehicles or vehicle components. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 98% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 34% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 59% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 45% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 46% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 13% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 62% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 65% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 45% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 56% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 28% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 13% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 47% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 38% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 40% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 16% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 40% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 40% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 36% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 33% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
71   High school diploma or equivalent Help
21   Less than high school diploma
7   Doctoral degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $13.87 hourly, $28,850 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 484,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 129,900
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Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Bus Drivers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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