Inside Bus Driver Careers

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Best & Worst Things About This Career

School Bus Driver: "The best part of my job is being my own boss while I am on the bus. I work outside of four walls. I am outside without being out in the weather. I see different people every day while they are driving around. I get to interact with the children but don't have to for more than one and a half hours in the morning and the same in the afternoon. The worst part of my job is having children not behave, be disrespectful or unreasonable. That is not very often but can be very disruptive when it happens." (2010)

Bus Driver: "One of the best parts of my job is that we can bring our children with us to work. We do not have any daycare expenses at all. Another positive thing about being a bus driver is that we have a few ours off between our bus routes during the day. One of the worst parts of this job is that we have to be at work very early in the morning. Also, in the winter, we have to get there earlier so we can warm up the bus and make sure all of the snow is off of it." (2010)

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"Maintain A Clean Driving Record...
In order to be able to get your license as a bus driver you must have a clean driving, so it is very important to follow the laws all of the time even as a teenager. You should always be aware the public is watching anything you do. I learned everything about the way the office was run so I would be an asset to my boss. Whenever my boss asked me to do something I was willing to do it so they knew they could count on me for anything." (School Bus Driver; 2010)

"Need To Like Kids...
I would recommend that anyone who wants to be a bus driver must like children. You should have a lot of patience with children of all ages. If you have a good sense of humor, it works out well being a bus driver. You should think about different situations that may come up on the bus and think about how you would handle them. It is best to know what you will say and do before something happens." (Bus Driver; 2010)