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BUS OPERATOR: It Can Be Long Days

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Jesmaine shares his story of being a bus operator. He talks about what a typical day looks like for him and the career path he took to get to this point in his career, working for a large municipal transit agency. He also talks about what he's learned about this job that he didn't know before he started, and he provides advice for those considering becoming bus operators.

Job Title: Bus Operator
Employer: AC Transit

Job Summary: Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

Job Description

Bus drivers transport people between a variety of places including work, school, shopping, and across state borders. Some drive regular routes, and others transport passengers on chartered trips or sightseeing tours.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$15,000 - $45,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time, Part-time, Varies Widely, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Travel, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Hand-eye coordination, Patience, People skills, Strength/stamina

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
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I worked</span> <span m='52560'>at the</span> <span m='52650'>garbage</span> <span m='53030'>company</span> <span m='53470'>where</span> <span m='53660'>I</span> <span m='53680'>live</span> <span m='54446'>in my home</span> <span m='54942'>town.</span> <span m='55440'>So</span> <span m='56110'>that's</span> <span m='56290'>actually</span> <span m='56580'>how</span> <span m='56680'>I</span> <span m='56780'>got</span> <span m='57000'>started</span> <span m='57460'>with the class B</span> <span m='57810'>license</span> <span m='58340'>that's</span> <span m='60130'>necessary</span> <span m='60670'>to</span> <span m='60740'>drive</span> <span m='61065'>the bus.</span> <span m='61390'>So</span> <span m='61845'>from the</span> <span m='62300'>garbage</span> <span m='62980'>company</span> <span m='63460'>I</span> <span m='63510'>went</span> <span m='63710'>on</span> <span m='64019'>to</span> <span m='64470'>Vallejo</span> <span m='64750'>Transit.</span> <span m='65654'>And</span> <span m='66106'>from</span> <span m='66558'>Vallejo</span> <span m='67010'>Transit,</span> <span m='67462'>I went on to</span> <span m='67914'>AC Transit.</span> </p><p><span m='69460'>It's let me</span> <span m='69590'>know</span> <span m='69760'>that</span> <span m='69940'>I</span> <span m='70322'>needed</span> <span m='70704'>to</span> <span m='71086'>have</span> <span m='71970'>people</span> <span m='72470'>skills.</span> <span m='73790'>It's</span> <span m='74000'>a</span> <span m='74050'>lot</span> <span m='74260'>involved.</span> <span m='75180'>You</span> <span m='76142'>can</span> <span m='76480'>always</span> <span m='76910'>talk to</span> <span m='77640'>everybody</span> <span m='78000'>the</span> <span m='78100'>same</span> <span m='78430'>way.</span> <span m='78620'>Everybody's</span> <span m='79000'>different.</span> <span m='79790'>So</span> <span m='80040'>I</span> <span m='80140'>feel</span> <span m='80350'>like</span> <span m='80590'>it's</span> <span m='81920'>made</span> <span m='82160'>me a</span> <span m='82260'>better</span> <span m='82480'>people</span> <span m='82870'>person.</span> <span m='83275'>You know,</span> <span m='83680'>that</span> <span m='84126'>kind of thing.</span> <span m='85020'>Most</span> <span m='85280'>places,</span> <span m='85740'>they will</span> <span m='86530'>train you</span> <span m='86990'>to</span> <span m='87060'>get</span> <span m='87290'>a license</span> <span m='87500'>if</span> <span m='88150'>necessary</span> <span m='88575'>to drive</span> <span m='89446'>the</span> <span m='89892'>bus</span> <span m='90338'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='91230'>So</span> <span m='91680'>really,</span> <span m='92420'>when</span> <span m='92670'>I</span> <span m='92750'>did</span> <span m='92980'>it,</span> <span m='93140'>you kind of</span> <span m='93410'>had to have</span> <span m='93880'>it</span> <span m='94200'>already.</span> <span m='95256'>So</span> <span m='95732'>I had</span> <span m='96208'>to get</span> <span m='96684'>it first</span> <span m='97160'>and then go. 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