Public Transportation Operators

Public transportation operators include drivers of school buses, intercity buses, local commuter buses, and local transit railway systems, such as subways and streetcars. Many drivers run a predetermined route within a city or metropolitan area, transporting passengers from one designated place to another. Intercity drivers travel between cities and states, transporting passengers and luggage on more lengthy trips. Some public transportation operators are required to handle additional special duties, such as transporting passengers with disabilities. There are approximately 653,940 bus drivers and 8,930 subway and streetcar operators employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Intercity Bus Drivers, Local Commuter Bus Drivers, School Bus Drivers, Subway/Elevated Train Drivers
Duties Transport passengers via buses, subway/elevated trains, and streetcars
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Must meet age and license requirements; must pass physical examinations
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Poor
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Dispatcher or Station Manager
  • Supervisor
  • Experienced Driver
  • Part-Time, Substitute Driver

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