How to Get a Job as a Bus Driver
Driving record aside, Carpenter insists that customer service skills set prospective drivers apart from other job candidates. “I believe I could teach a person to drive [a bus], but I can’t teach you how to deal with people,” he says. Other than patience and customer service skills, bus drivers need solid hand-eye coordination, good hearing ability and they must be able to pass vision tests.
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What is the Job Like?
Your longevity as a bus driver usually determines your possibilities for advancement and the flexibility of your schedule. For example, new transit drivers usually get part-time hours or end up with weekend and rush-hour shifts. Carpenter says intercity drivers who have been in the profession for a while receive longer work hours, more pay and quieter routes.
Last updated by Katy Marquardt.