School Bus Monitors

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Maintain order among students on a school bus. Duties include helping students safely board and exit and communicating behavioral problems. May perform pretrip and posttrip inspections and prepare for and assist in emergency evacuations.

Occupation-Specific Information


  • Announce routes or stops.
  • Assist disabled children or children with psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues with boarding and exiting the school bus.
  • Buckle seatbelts or fasten wheelchair tie-down straps to secure passengers for transportation.
  • Clean school bus interiors by picking up waste, wiping down windows, or vacuuming.
  • Direct students boarding and exiting the school bus.
  • Direct students evacuating the bus during safety drills.
  • Escort young children across roads or highways.
  • Evacuate students from the school bus in emergency situations.
  • Guide the driver when the bus is moving in reverse gear.
  • Monitor for trains at railroad crossings and signal the bus driver when it is safe to proceed.
  • Monitor the conduct of students to maintain discipline and safety.
  • Open and close school bus doors for students.
  • Operate a wheelchair lift to load or unload wheelchairs.
  • Prevent or defuse altercations between students.
  • Report delays, accidents, or other traffic and transportation situations to dispatchers or other bus drivers, using phones or mobile two-way radios.
  • Respond to students' questions, requests, or complaints.
  • Talk to children's parents or guardians about problematic behaviors, emotional or developmental problems, or related issues.
  • Write and submit reports that include data such as the number of passengers or trips, hours worked, mileage driven, or fuel consumed.

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Occupational Requirements

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Experience Requirements

Job Zone

Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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 orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, tellers, and dental laboratory technicians.
SVP Range
(4.0 to < 6.0)

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Interest code: SCR
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  • Social — Work involves helping, teaching, advising, assisting, or providing service to others. Social occupations are often associated with social, health care, personal service, teaching/education, or religious activities.
  • Conventional — Work involves following procedures and regulations to organize information or data, typically in a business setting. Conventional occupations are often associated with office work, accounting, mathematics/statistics, information technology, finance, or human resources.
  • Realistic — Work involves designing, building, or repairing of equipment, materials, or structures, engaging in physical activity, or working outdoors. Realistic occupations are often associated with engineering, mechanics and electronics, construction, woodworking, transportation, machine operation, agriculture, animal services, physical or manual labor, athletics, or protective services.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2022)
$14.37 hourly, $29,880 annual
State wages
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Employment (2022)
62,400 employees
Projected growth (2022-2032)
Decline (-2% or lower)
Projected job openings (2022-2032)
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022 wage data external site and 2022-2032 employment projections external site. “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2022-2032). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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