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We have complied information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to help you get a better idea of employment in the Drivers field. Below are highlights of the major professions within this industry.
- Overall job opportunities should be favorable.
- Competition is expected for jobs offering the highest earnings or most favorable work schedules.
- A commercial driver's license is required to operate large trucks.
- Opportunities should be good, particularly for school bus drivers; applicants for higher paying public transit bus driver positions may encounter competition.
- State and Federal governments establish bus driver qualifications and standards, which include a commercial driver's license.
- Work schedules vary considerably among various types of bus drivers.
- Bus drivers must possess strong customer service skills, including communication skills and the ability to manage large groups of people with varying needs.
Other workers who drive vehicles on highways and city streets include taxi drivers and chauffeurs, and truck drivers and driver/sales workers. Some local transit bus drivers enter rail transportation occupations by becoming subway or light rail operators.
- Taxi drivers and chauffeurs may work any schedule, including full-time, part-time, night, evening, weekend, and on a seasonal basis.
- Many taxi drivers like the independent, unsupervised work of driving their automobile.
- Local governments set license standards for driving experience and training; many taxi and limousine companies set higher standards.
- Job opportunities should be plentiful; applicants with good driving records, good customer service instincts, and the ability to work flexible schedules should have the best prospects.
- Truck drivers and driver/sales workers hold 45 percent of all jobs in the industry.
- Job opportunities are expected to be favorable for truck drivers and diesel service technicians.
- Growth in the industry reflects ups and downs in the national economy.
- Many jobs require only a high school education.