Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

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About the Job

Drive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.

It is also Called

  • Transportation Supervisor
  • Transit Operator
  • Transit Coach Operator
  • Transit Bus Operator
  • Transit Bus Driver
  • Tram Driver
  • Trackless Trolley Driver
  • Tour Bus Driver
  • Stage Driver
  • School Bus Driver
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What They Do

  • Make minor repairs to vehicle and change tires.
  • Load and unload baggage in baggage compartments.
  • Maintain cleanliness of bus or motor coach.
  • Report delays or accidents.
  • Regulate heating, lighting, and ventilating systems for passenger comfort.
  • Collect tickets or cash fares from passengers.
  • Record information, such as cash receipts and ticket fares, and maintain log book.
  • Handle passenger emergencies or disruptions.
  • Assist passengers, such as elderly or disabled individuals, on and off bus, ensure they are seated properly, help carry baggage, and answer questions about bus schedules or routes.
  • Inspect vehicles and check gas, oil, and water levels prior to departure.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RS.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Transportation - 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Active Listening - 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.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Additional Resources

Preparation Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.


In 2017, the average annual wage in California was $44,780 with most people making between $24,750 and $63,530


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 22,400 people in California. It is projected that there will be 25,200 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 280 openings due to growth and about 290 replacement openings for approximately 570 total annual openings.