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BUS OPERATOR, IN-DEPTH: There's A Certain Freedom Being On The Road

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Jesmaine goes in-depth with his story of being a bus operator. He shares what he likes best and what he finds most challenging about his job. He also talks about the reason he took the key step to get in to his present position. Jesmaine also speaks about employment opportunities at his transit agency and the requirements needed to become a bus operator.

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.

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Moderate-term on-the-job training

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Average salary
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$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
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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
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Transportation
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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='0'>Hmm.</span> <span m='470'>What do</span> <span m='940'>I like</span> <span m='1410'>best</span> <span m='1880'>about my</span> <span m='2350'>job?</span> <span m='5180'>I think</span> <span m='5280'>I</span> <span m='5420'>like</span> <span m='5690'>the--</span> <span m='7400'>there's</span> <span m='7540'>a</span> <span m='7590'>certain</span> <span m='9000'>freedom,</span> <span m='9540'>I</span> <span m='9640'>guess,</span> <span m='10550'>being</span> <span m='10760'>on</span> <span m='10880'>the</span> <span m='10940'>road.</span> <span m='12072'>If</span> <span m='12430'>you're</span> <span m='12580'>in</span> <span m='12720'>the office</span> <span m='13820'>working</span> <span m='14000'>a job,</span> <span m='14474'>then you</span> <span m='14948'>might have</span> <span m='15422'>a</span> <span m='15896'>supervisor</span> <span m='16370'>or</span> <span m='16844'>what have you,</span> <span m='17792'>maybe in</span> <span m='18266'>the next</span> <span m='18740'>room,</span> <span m='19214'>or</span> <span m='19688'>maybe standing</span> <span m='20162'>over you,</span> <span m='20636'>or</span> <span m='21110'>that</span> <span m='21590'>kind of</span> <span m='21670'>thing.</span> <span m='22080'>But on</span> <span m='22180'>the</span> <span m='22250'>road,</span> <span m='22640'>there's</span> <span m='23536'>a</span> <span m='23940'>little</span> <span m='24190'>bit</span> <span m='24330'>of</span> <span m='24410'>freedom.</span> <span m='24780'>There's</span> <span m='25200'>not</span> <span m='25950'>anybody</span> <span m='26300'>right</span> <span m='26600'>there,</span> <span m='26880'>looking at you</span> <span m='27367'>the whole</span> <span m='27854'>time.</span> <span m='28341'>So</span> <span m='28828'>that's kind</span> <span m='29315'>of cool</span> <span m='29802'>I think.</span> </p><p><span m='30289'>Most</span> <span m='30776'>challenging.</span> <span m='34680'>Again,</span> <span m='35010'>I</span> <span m='35060'>would</span> <span m='35190'>have</span> <span m='35360'>to</span> <span m='35440'>say</span> <span m='36618'>dealing with</span> <span m='37106'>the public.</span> <span m='37594'>That</span> <span m='38082'>can be</span> <span m='38570'>trying at</span> <span m='39058'>times.</span> <span m='39546'>Because like</span> <span m='40034'>I said,</span> <span m='40522'>not everybody's</span> <span m='41010'>the same.</span> <span m='41986'>There's</span> <span m='42474'>a lot of</span> <span m='43450'>different</span> <span m='43938'>kind of</span> <span m='44426'>people</span> <span m='44914'>wandering around</span> <span m='45402'>here.</span> <span m='46390'>So</span> <span m='47000'>that's</span> <span m='47190'>probably</span> <span m='47470'>the</span> <span m='47550'>most</span> <span m='47800'>challenging</span> <span m='48230'>part of it,</span> <span m='48610'>I think.</span> <span m='49003'>Dealing</span> <span m='49396'>with the</span> <span m='49790'>public.</span> </p><p><span m='50130'>Well,</span> <span m='50470'>Vallejo</span> <span m='51060'>Transit,</span> <span m='51790'>they</span> <span m='51990'>offered</span> <span m='53910'>an</span> <span m='54090'>OK</span> <span m='54540'>wage</span> <span m='55100'>and</span> <span m='55190'>benefits</span> <span m='55630'>package.</span> <span m='56100'>But</span> <span m='56455'>AC</span> <span m='56980'>offered,</span> <span m='57640'>at</span> <span m='57720'>the</span> <span m='57800'>time,</span> <span m='58225'>a more</span> <span m='58650'>competitive</span> <span m='59780'>wage</span> <span m='60200'>and</span> <span m='61222'>benefits</span> <span m='61684'>package.</span> <span m='62146'>So</span> <span m='63070'>that</span> <span m='63250'>was</span> <span m='63380'>my</span> <span m='63500'>motivation</span> <span m='64819'>for making</span> <span m='65264'>the move</span> <span m='65709'>from</span> <span m='66154'>Vallejo</span> <span m='66599'>to</span> <span m='67044'>AC</span> <span m='67489'>Transit.</span> </p><p><span m='68830'>I</span> <span m='68890'>don't</span> <span m='69040'>think</span> <span m='69260'>so.</span> <span m='71140'>Especially</span> <span m='71560'>now,</span> <span m='72080'>AC</span> <span m='72512'>Transit,</span> <span m='74600'>they're</span> <span m='74740'>aggressively</span> <span m='75330'>hiring</span> <span m='75700'>right</span> <span m='75930'>now.</span> <span m='76620'>They</span> <span m='76680'>have</span> <span m='77000'>been</span> <span m='77130'>for,</span> <span m='77525'>I'd say,</span> <span m='77920'>the last</span> <span m='78450'>two</span> <span m='78600'>years.</span> <span m='81455'>They're</span> <span m='81880'>looking</span> <span m='82120'>for</span> <span m='82520'>things</span> <span m='83010'>that</span> <span m='83700'>directly</span> <span m='84170'>affect</span> <span m='84660'>your</span> <span m='84790'>driving</span> <span m='85220'>record.</span> <span m='85530'>So</span> <span m='85840'>if you</span> <span m='86095'>have</span> <span m='86350'>DUIs</span> <span m='86970'>and</span> <span m='87090'>things</span> <span m='87310'>of</span> <span m='87380'>that</span> <span m='87940'>nature,</span> <span m='89374'>I</span> <span m='89861'>think that</span> <span m='90348'>slims</span> <span m='90835'>your chances.</span> <span m='92783'>As long</span> <span m='93270'>as</span> <span m='93370'>your</span> <span m='93470'>driving</span> <span m='93810'>record is</span> <span m='94250'>in pretty</span> <span m='94580'>good shape,</span> <span m='95252'>then</span> <span m='96300'>you</span> <span m='96560'>have</span> <span m='96730'>a good</span> <span m='96800'>shot.</span> </p><p><span m='98080'>That's</span> <span m='98310'>kind</span> <span m='98470'>of</span> <span m='98590'>tough.</span> <span m='98980'>I</span> <span m='99320'>feel like</span> <span m='99925'>that</span> <span m='100180'>might</span> <span m='100480'>be--</span> <span m='102700'>it's</span> <span m='103040'>probably</span> <span m='103390'>neck-and-neck</span> <span m='103800'>for</span> <span m='105010'>the</span> <span m='105210'>most</span> <span m='105530'>difficult</span> <span m='106010'>part</span> <span m='106180'>of</span> <span m='106240'>the</span> <span m='106330'>job.</span> <span m='106750'>Because</span> <span m='108810'>having</span> <span m='109140'>the</span> <span m='109230'>long</span> <span m='109550'>hours</span> <span m='109950'>that</span> <span m='110100'>you</span> <span m='110200'>do</span> <span m='110410'>sometimes,</span> <span m='111010'>sometimes</span> <span m='111430'>you</span> <span m='111540'>don't</span> <span m='111840'>really</span> <span m='112770'>get</span> <span m='113230'>to be</span> <span m='113690'>home</span> <span m='114150'>as much</span> <span m='114610'>as you want to.</span> <span m='115530'>So</span> <span m='115795'>I</span> <span m='116060'>might</span> <span m='116210'>come in</span> <span m='116505'>and</span> <span m='116800'>work.</span> <span m='118190'>I</span> <span m='118210'>might</span> <span m='118410'>not have</span> <span m='118560'>worked</span> <span m='118920'>12</span> <span m='119000'>hours,</span> <span m='119180'>because you can</span> <span m='119642'>legally</span> <span m='120104'>only drive</span> <span m='120566'>the bus</span> <span m='121028'>for 10 hours</span> <span m='121490'>a day.</span> <span m='122420'>But you</span> <span m='122590'>might</span> <span m='122870'>be</span> <span m='123060'>here</span> <span m='123440'>for</span> <span m='124400'>12</span> <span m='124880'>or 13</span> <span m='125360'>hours</span> <span m='125840'>or something.</span> <span m='126320'>And so</span> <span m='126800'>that</span> <span m='127760'>conflicts</span> <span m='128240'>with home.</span> <span m='128720'>You don't get to</span> <span m='129200'>see your</span> <span m='129680'>family as</span> <span m='130030'>much</span> <span m='130380'>and</span> <span m='130699'>things</span> <span m='130990'>like</span> <span m='131180'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='132100'>Not</span> <span m='132330'>all</span> <span m='132580'>of</span> <span m='132680'>the schedules</span> <span m='132890'>are the</span> <span m='133170'>same.</span> <span m='133560'>But</span> <span m='133880'>there</span> <span m='134170'>are</span> <span m='134310'>a</span> <span m='134370'>lot</span> <span m='134530'>of</span> <span m='134590'>schedules</span> <span m='134990'>like</span> <span m='135200'>that.</span> <span m='135370'>You come in</span> <span m='135858'>at</span> <span m='136346'>5:00 in the</span> <span m='136834'>morning or</span> <span m='137322'>something,</span> <span m='138920'>work,</span> <span m='139220'>drive</span> <span m='139480'>a</span> <span m='139650'>few</span> <span m='139850'>hours,</span> <span m='140470'>get</span> <span m='140610'>off.</span> <span m='141075'>You</span> <span m='141540'>might</span> <span m='142040'>be off</span> <span m='142370'>for</span> <span m='142410'>four</span> <span m='142860'>hours,</span> <span m='143850'>something,</span> <span m='144150'>or</span> <span m='144450'>five</span> <span m='144760'>hours.</span> <span m='145165'>You</span> <span m='145570'>might</span> <span m='145830'>be</span> <span m='145950'>off for</span> <span m='146290'>20</span> <span m='146580'>or</span> <span m='146630'>30</span> <span m='146860'>minutes.</span> <span m='147130'>It</span> <span m='147400'>depends</span> <span m='147770'>on</span> <span m='148050'>which</span> <span m='148420'>schedule</span> <span m='148890'>you have.</span> <span m='149830'>And</span> <span m='149980'>then</span> <span m='150120'>you</span> <span m='150220'>come</span> <span m='150410'>back</span> <span m='150660'>and you</span> <span m='150840'>might</span> <span m='151010'>drive</span> <span m='151540'>until</span> <span m='152290'>7:00</span> <span m='152660'>something</span> <span m='152915'>8:00.</span> </p><p><span m='154090'>So</span> <span m='154270'>basically,</span> <span m='154525'>you've</span> <span m='154780'>work</span> <span m='155070'>from</span> <span m='155220'>5:00,</span> <span m='155520'>you know</span> <span m='155820'>what I</span> <span m='156170'>mean?</span> <span m='156520'>All the way</span> <span m='156970'>in</span> <span m='157060'>the</span> <span m='157240'>morning</span> <span m='158160'>to</span> <span m='158420'>nighttime.</span> <span m='159380'>Now you</span> <span m='159860'>go</span> <span m='160010'>home,</span> <span m='160325'>and</span> <span m='161243'>sleep</span> <span m='162030'>for</span> <span m='162702'>a</span> <span m='163040'>handful of</span> <span m='163430'>hours,</span> <span m='163730'>and</span> <span m='164190'>then</span> <span m='164440'>come</span> <span m='164600'>back</span> <span m='164820'>and</span> <span m='165242'>do it</span> <span m='165664'>all over again.</span> <span m='167375'>That can</span> <span m='167820'>be tough</span> <span m='167960'>at</span> <span m='168260'>times.</span> </p>","file":{"id":290546,"video_id":"2711360714001","name":"1179-Jesmaine-p-BusOperator2 In-Depth","duration":169390,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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