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Details for 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.


  • Inspect vehicles, and check gas, oil, and water levels prior to departure.
  • Drive vehicles over specified routes or to specified destinations according to time schedules in order to transport passengers, complying with traffic regulations.
  • Park vehicles at loading areas so that passengers can board.
  • Assist passengers with baggage and collect tickets or cash fares.
  • Report delays or accidents.
  • Advise passengers to be seated and orderly while on vehicles.
  • Regulate heating, lighting, and ventilating systems for passenger comfort.
  • Load and unload baggage in baggage compartments.
  • Record cash receipts and ticket fares.
  • Make minor repairs to vehicle and change tires.


  • 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.
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.


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  • Motorboat Operators
  • Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
  • Subway and Streetcar Operators
  • Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
  • Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation
  • Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services
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