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Also known as:
School Bus Driver, School Bus Operator, Special Education Bus Driver
A friendly person in many young children's lives is the school bus driver. These individual are responsible to safely transporting children to and from school every day. Students are picked up and dropped off at designated locations on a set route and schedule.
School bus drivers are trained ...
to operate their vehicles safely and maintain a safe atmosphere on the bus. Drivers must be especially careful when children get on or exit the bus. Since they deal with young children, a courteous, friendly attitude and good communications skill are important. While the job isn't physically strenuous, it can be fatiguing and stressful, especially in heavy traffic or bad weather.
School bus drivers must have a commercial driver's license, good hearing and vision, and a good driving record. They work only when school is in session and typically drive on or two routes in the morning and the afternoon.
Some drivers may work additional hours taking student on field trips or to athletic events. They prepare weekly reports detailing passenger loads, the number of trips or runs, hours worked, miles driven and fuel consumption. Some drivers are independent contractors and own their buses. Parents entrust the lives of their children to school bus drivers every school day. Now that's a job with major responsibilities!
Transport students or special clients, such as the elderly or persons with disabilities. Ensure adherence to safety rules. May assist passengers in boarding or exiting.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Maintain knowledge of first-aid procedures.
Escort small children across roads and highways.
Report any bus malfunctions or needed repairs.
Report delays, accidents, or other traffic and transportation situations, using telephones or mobile two-way radios.
Prepare and submit reports that may include the number of passengers or trips, hours worked, mileage, fuel consumption, or fares received.
Read maps and follow written and verbal geographic directions.
Regulate heating, lighting, and ventilation systems for passenger comfort.
Pick up and drop off students at regularly scheduled neighborhood locations, following strict time schedules.
Drive gasoline, diesel, or electrically powered multi-passenger vehicles to transport students between neighborhoods, schools, and school activities.
Maintain order among pupils during trips to ensure safety.
Keep bus interiors clean for passengers.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
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.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
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.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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.
Law and Government
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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.
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.
The ability to see details at a distance.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.