School Bus Driver  What They Do

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Bus Drivers, School or Special Client Career Video



Transports students between pick-up points and school. Maintains order during trip and adheres to safety rules when loading and unloading students.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Follows safety rules as students board and exit buses or cross streets near bus stops.
  • Complies with traffic regulations to operate vehicles in a safe and courteous manner.
  • Checks the condition of a vehicle's tires, brakes, windshield wipers, lights, oil, fuel, water, and safety equipment to ensure that everything is in working order.
  • Maintains order among pupils during trips to ensure safety.
  • Escorts small children across roads and highways.
  • Reports any bus malfunctions or needed repairs.
  • Picks up and drops off students at different neighborhood locations, following strict time schedules.
  • Maintains knowledge of first-aid procedures.
  • Prepares and submits reports that may include the number of passengers or trips, hours worked, mileage, fuel consumption, or fares received.
  • Drives gasoline, diesel, or electrically powered multi-passenger vehicles to transport students between neighborhoods, schools, and school activities.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Seeing clearly in low light conditions
  • Seeing objects or movement to one's side when looking forward
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Bus Driver --
  • Bus Driver/Monitor --
  • Driver --
  • School Bus Driver/Custodian --
  • School Bus Driver/Mechanic --
  • School Bus Driver/Teacher Assistant --
  • Shuttle Bus Driver -- Drives minibus, van, or lightweight truck to transport clients, trainees, or company personnel.
  • Special Education Bus Driver --
  • Special Needs Bus Driver --