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Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

Drive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.   (O'Net 53-3021.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Bus Driver, Bus Operator, CDL Driver (Commercial Drivers License Driver), Charter Coach Driver, Charter Driver, City Bus Driver   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 13.73   $ 15.50   $ 17.50   $ 19.77   $ 23.00   $ 17.78  
    Yearly $28,560   $32,250   $36,390   $41,130   $47,850   $36,980  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 13.81   $ 15.51   $ 17.28   $ 19.06   $ 22.17   $ 17.43  
    Yearly $28,720   $32,260   $35,950   $39,640   $46,110   $36,260  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 590 622 0.5% 11
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 47.7%
    Transit and ground passenger transportation 41.1%
    Scenic and sightseeing transportation 1.9%
    Administrative and support services 1.5%
    Rental and leasing services 1.4%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Drive vehicles over specified routes or to specified destinations according to time schedules, complying with traffic regulations to ensure that passengers have a smooth and safe ride.
     
  • Park vehicles at loading areas so that passengers can board.
     
  • Advise passengers to be seated and orderly while on vehicles.
     
  • Inspect vehicles, and check gas, oil, and water levels prior to departure.
     
  • Assist passengers, such as elderly or disabled individuals, on and off bus, ensure they are seated properly, help carry baggage, and answer questions about bus schedules or routes.
     
  • Handle passenger emergencies or disruptions.
     
  • Record information, such as cash receipts and ticket fares, and maintain log book.
     
  • Collect tickets or cash fares from passengers.
     
  • Regulate heating, lighting, and ventilating systems for passenger comfort.
     
  • Report delays or accidents.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
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  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • 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.
     
  • Spatial Orientation - The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
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  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Driver, Commercial Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
    Commercial Driver Licensing
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity  updated June 2010
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity 
     

     
     
     
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