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School Bus Driver

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High school (GED) +

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What They Do

School Bus Drivers Career Video

About This Career

Drives a school bus to transport students. Ensures adherence to safety rules. May assist students in boarding or exiting.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Checks the condition of a vehicle's tires, brakes, windshield wipers, lights, oil, fuel, water, and safety equipment to ensure that everything is in working order.
  • Complies with traffic regulations to operate vehicles in a safe and courteous manner.
  • Drives gasoline, diesel, or electrically powered multi-passenger vehicles to transport students between neighborhoods, schools, and school activities.
  • Escorts small children across roads and highways.
  • Follows safety rules as students board and exit buses or cross streets near bus stops.
  • Keeps bus interiors clean for students.
  • Maintains knowledge of first-aid procedures.
  • Maintains order among students during trips to ensure safety.
  • Makes minor repairs to vehicles.
  • Picks up and drops off students at regularly scheduled neighborhood locations, following strict time schedules.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Bus Driver
  • Shuttle Bus Driver — Drives minibus, van, or lightweight truck to transport clients, trainees, or company personnel.
  • Special Education Bus Driver


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