Career Attributes

  • $35,651
  • 179,300
  • 2.8
  • 9.0%
  • High school diploma
  • Special Needs Education
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Overview

A bus driver must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and complete a short training program. In addition, they often need a high school diploma or the equivalent. A bus driver must also meet hearing and vision requirements. Some regulations require the ability to hear a forced whisper in one ear at five feet (with or without the use of a hearing aid). Bus drivers must be able to pass a vision test as well. At least 20/40 vision is required, with a 70 degree field of vision in each eye and the ability to distinguish colours on a traffic light. Federal regulations do not allow people to become bus drivers if they have a medical condition that may interfere with their operation of a bus, such as high blood pressure or epilepsy.

Bus drivers typically go through one to three months of training. Part of the training is spent on a driving course, where they practice various maneuvers with a bus. They then begin to drive in light traffic and eventually make practice runs on the type of route that they expect to drive. New drivers make regularly scheduled trips with passengers, accompanied by an experienced driver who gives helpful tips, answers questions, and evaluates the new driver's performance.
Some drivers’ training is also spent in the classroom. They learn their company’s rules and regulations, state and municipal traffic laws, and safe driving practices. Drivers also learn about schedules and bus routes, fares, and how to interact with passengers.

Opportunities for promotion are generally limited, but experienced drivers may become supervisors or dispatchers. Some veteran bus drivers become instructors of new bus drivers. Bus drivers regularly interact with passengers and must be courteous and helpful. Due to possible traffic congestion and sometimes unruly passengers, bus drivers are put in stressful situations and must be able to continue to calmly operate their bus.

What are Bus Drivers like?

Investigative

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Bus Drivers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 297 CareerExplorer users

Are Bus Drivers happy?

11thpercentile

Bus Drivers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 11th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Bus Driver Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Bus Drivers

The most common degree held by Bus Drivers is Psychology. 10% of Bus Drivers had a degree in Psychology before becoming Bus Drivers. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. Special Needs Education graduates are the second most common among Bus Drivers, representing 9% of Bus Drivers in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 32.6 times the average.

Bus Driver Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Bus Driver, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Bus Drivers % of population Multiple
Psychology 10.4% 7.0% 1.5×
Special Needs Education 9.1% 0.3% 32.6×
Business Management And Administration 7.8% 6.5% 1.2×
Business 5.2% 2.6% 2.0×
Elementary Education 5.2% 0.5% 9.7×
Early Childhood Education 5.2% 0.5% 10.1×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 5.2% 1.6% 3.3×
Anthropology And Archeology 5.2% 1.3% 4.2×
Music 3.9% 0.9% 4.4×
Biology 3.9% 3.6% 1.1×
Operations Logistics And E-Commerce 3.9% 0.2% 21.0×
Community And Public Health 3.9% 0.8% 4.7×
Economics 3.9% 4.0% 1.0×

Bus Driver Education Levels

74% of Bus Drivers have a high school diploma. 20% of Bus Drivers have an associate's degree.

No education 5%
High school diploma 74%
Associate's degree 20%
Bachelor's degree 1%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Career Attributes

  • $35,651
  • 179,300
  • 2.8
  • 9.0%
  • High school diploma
  • Special Needs Education
More Attributes