Bus Drivers, School

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Bus Drivers, School

Bus Drivers, School - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, school bus drivers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Are responsible for the health and safety of passengers.
  • Have a high level of social contact with students and teachers. They occasionally interact with parents.
  • Communicate with passengers in person on a daily basis. They also communicate by telephone, but less often.
  • Are sometimes placed in conflict situations where they must deal with children who might be rude or angry.
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  • Work on a team. It is very important for bus drivers to work cooperatively with maintenance and scheduling coworkers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Are sometimes exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
  • Usually work outdoors and inside vehicles. Generally work indoors only to fill out paperwork.
  • May be exposed to contaminants and the diseases and infections carried by school children.
  • May be exposed to hazardous driving conditions.
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  • Work within several inches of passengers that require assistance boarding.

Work Performance

  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities daily.
  • Make driving decisions that greatly impact their passengers. They do this on a daily basis.
  • Have the ability to make errors resulting in very serious consequences. Errors while driving can result in accidents and injury to passengers.
  • Must keep control of the vehicle and keep pace with traffic.
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  • Can make most decisions without consulting a supervisor.
  • Must meet strict schedules daily.


  • Typically work less than 40 hours a week.
  • May work split shifts. For example, they might work from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., with time off in between.
  • Work only when schools are in session.
  • Generally work a set schedule.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.