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CABLE CAR OPERATOR, IN-DEPTH: There Are Safety Factors To Consider

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This cable car operator describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. Driving a cable car can be difficult because it is a very large vehicle, passengers on board do not have seat belts, and many of the streets in San Francisco are prohibited to him because of weight limitations. It might be wise to first drive a smaller vehicle for a job because this one requires a lot of precision.

Job Title: Cable Car Operator

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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