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53-3041.00 - Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

Drive automobiles, vans, or limousines to transport passengers. May occasionally carry cargo. Includes hearse drivers.

Sample of reported job titles: Cab Driver, Chauffeur, Driver, Limousine Driver (Limo Driver), Patient Transportation Driver, Shuttle Driver, Taxi Cab Driver, Taxi Driver, Van 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 relevant safety regulations and state laws governing vehicle operation and ensure that passengers follow safety regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test vehicle equipment, such as lights, brakes, horns, or windshield wipers, to ensure proper operation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Arrange to pick up particular customers or groups on a regular schedule. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide passengers with assistance entering and exiting vehicles and help them with any luggage. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Notify dispatchers or company mechanics of vehicle problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Complete accident reports when necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate with dispatchers by radio, telephone, or computer to exchange information and receive requests for passenger service. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive taxicabs, limousines, company cars, or privately owned vehicles to transport passengers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform routine vehicle maintenance, such as regulating tire pressure and adding gasoline, oil, and water. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pick up passengers at prearranged locations, at taxi stands, or by cruising streets in high traffic areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record name, date, and taxi identification information on trip sheets, along with trip information, such as time and place of pickup and drop-off, and total fee. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform minor vehicle repairs, such as cleaning spark plugs, or take vehicles to mechanics for servicing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Vacuum and clean interiors and wash and polish exteriors of automobiles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pick up or meet employers according to requests, appointments, or schedules. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform errands for customers or employers, such as delivering or picking up mail and packages. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine fares based on trip distances and times, using taximeters and fee schedules, and announce fares to passengers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate vehicles with specialized equipment, such as wheelchair lifts, to transport and secure passengers with special needs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Turn the taximeter on when passengers enter the cab and turn it off when they reach the final destination. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect fares or vouchers from passengers and make change or issue receipts as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide passengers with information about the local area and points of interest or give advice on hotels and restaurants. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Report to taxicab services or garages to receive vehicle assignments. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Alarm systems — Alarms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automobiles or cars — Taxicabs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Distance meters — Taximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Instant messaging platform — Text messaging equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifts — Wheelchair lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Sport utility vehicles SUVs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Limousines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Location based messaging service platforms — Satellite linkup systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic stripe readers and encoders — Credit card processing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Minivans or vans — Vans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile phones — Smartphones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Mobile data computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Point of sale POS receipt printers — Mobile electronic funds transfer point of sale EFTPOS printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Point of sale POS terminal — Mobile electronic funds transfer point of sale EFTPOS equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Security cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surveillance video or audio recorders — Closed-circuit TV cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thin client computers — Communications computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Touring bicycles — Bicycle taxis; Pedicabs; Rickshaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Actsoft Comet software; Penchant Software dispatchOffice; TranWare Enterprise Suite See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Mobile location based services software — Digital Dispatch software; Easy Dispatch; Piccolo Software PiccoloTaxi; TSS Wireless Fleet Management Suite (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.

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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.
  • 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.

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Skills

  • 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.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene. 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.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. 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.
  • 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.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions. 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.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. 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.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. 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.
  • 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.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • 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.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement. 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.
  • Collect fares or payment from customers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide transportation information to passengers or customers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational details of travel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Schedule operational activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist passengers during vehicle boarding. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain vehicles in good working condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare accident or incident reports. 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 See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 59% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 56% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 44% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 40% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 39% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 44% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 48% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 30% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 50% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 31% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 35% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 25% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 36% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 42% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
46   Less than high school diploma
32   High school diploma or equivalent Help
10   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RE

  • 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.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Work Values

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $11.16 hourly, $23,210 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 233,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 63,700
State trends Employment Trends
 
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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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