Is bus driving a good career?

I've been looking for a stable, practical job. A friend suggested that I could make a good bus driver. But is bus driving a good career path?

Brenna Swanston · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I hope your job search is going well! If you’ve got a clean driving record and don’t mind irregular hours, this might be a good career path for you.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bus drivers made a median annual salary of $45,900 as of May 2020. Benefits of working as a bus driver include:
  • Minimal training and education requirements
  • Large variety of shift and schedule options
  • Good benefits, including retirement
The requirements for becoming a bus driver vary among states. In most places, you must be at least 18 years old. The minimum age is 21 in some states.
Bus drivers should have a high school diploma or GED certificate in most cases. However, many employers care more about your driving record and background than your education level. If you want to drive a school bus, you may have to complete a course, depending on the employer.
Bus drivers must obtain a
commercial driver’s license
, which requires a knowledge test. Bus drivers must have either a passenger endorsement or a school bus endorsement on their commercial driver’s license.
If you want to be a bus driver, you should have the following skills:
  • Patience
  • Communication
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Decision-making
You should have strong hearing and eyesight as well.
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