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53-6061.00 - Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants

Provide services to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers aboard ships, buses, trains, or within the station or terminal. Perform duties such as greeting passengers, explaining the use of safety equipment, serving meals or beverages, or answering questions related to travel.

Sample of reported job titles: Bus Aide, Bus Assistant, Bus Attendant, Bus Monitor, Conductor, Deckhand, Fare Enforcement Officer, School Bus Aide, School Bus Monitor, Transportation Aide

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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

Tasks

  • Provide boarding assistance to elderly, sick, or injured people. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Open and close doors for passengers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Respond to passengers' questions, requests, or complaints. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Explain and demonstrate safety procedures and safety equipment use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform equipment safety checks prior to departure. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Signal transportation operators to stop or to proceed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Count and verify tickets and seat reservations and record numbers of passengers boarding and disembarking. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Greet passengers boarding transportation equipment and announce routes and stops. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect fares from passengers and provide change in return. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Issue and collect passenger boarding passes and transfers, tearing or punching tickets as necessary to prevent reuse. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide customers with information on routes, gates, prices, timetables, terminals, or concourses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine or facilitate seating arrangements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust window shades or seat cushions at the request of passengers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport baggage or coordinate transportation between assigned rooms, terminals, or platforms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect kitchens or dining areas to ensure adherence to sanitation requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean rooms and bathroom facilities, change linens, and replenish supplies in washrooms. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Bar code reader equipment — Barcode scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Barricades — Portable barricades See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cash registers — Computerized cash registers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — First aid equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flashlight — High-powered flashlights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hole punching units — Ticket punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifts — Mechanical lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Light trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Minivans or vans — Work vans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power staple guns — Power staplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Restraining harnesses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Seatbelts — Vehicle seat belts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tie down anchors — Tie downs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Traffic cones or delineators — Parking control cones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Traffic signals — Parking signs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Mobile radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wall anchors — Wheelchair clamping devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheelchairs See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Calendar and scheduling software — Appointment scheduling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Time accounting software — Time tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 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.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. 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.
  • 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.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. 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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. 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.
  • 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.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • 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.
  • Signal others to coordinate vehicle movement. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist customers to ensure comfort or safety. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Verify information or specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist passengers during vehicle boarding. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean facilities or work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with safety, quality, or service standards. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 75% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 82% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 47% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 69% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 45% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 58% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 43% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 21% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 42% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 27% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 29% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 59% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 35% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 28% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 24% responded “Not important at all.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 41% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 25% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 35% responded “Very little freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 44% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 39% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 29% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” 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
65   High school diploma or equivalent Help
12   Post-secondary certificate Help
10   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RSE

  • 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.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. 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.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $11.24 hourly, $23,380 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 23,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 6,400
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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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