Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 53-3022 Bus Drivers, School
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.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Follow safety rules as students board and exit buses or cross streets near bus stops. Comply with traffic regulations to operate vehicles in a safe and courteous manner. Maintain order among pupils during trips to ensure safety. Check 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. Escort small children across roads and highways. Report any bus malfunctions or needed repairs. Pick up and drop off students at regularly scheduled neighborhood locations, following strict time schedules. Maintain knowledge of first-aid procedures. 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. Drive gasoline, diesel, or electrically powered multi-passenger vehicles to transport students between neighborhoods, schools, and school activities. Regulate heating, lighting, and ventilation systems for passenger comfort. Keep bus interiors clean for passengers. Report delays, accidents, or other traffic and transportation situations, using telephones or mobile two-way radios.
License: This applicant should contact the County or City Board of Education, Transportation Section, for application forms and procedures. There are no required fees; however, there is a required annual renewal of the certificate. A criminal history background check is required; drug testing is also required. Background Check & Review Fee: $52.15
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $8.63   Entry $17,950.00
Mean $9.26   Mean $19,247.00
Experience $9.57 Experience $19,890.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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53-3022.00 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client