How to Become a School Bus Driver

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To become a school bus driver, one must possess a positive attitude, an excellent driving technique, and a sense of responsibility in order to provide safe and efficient transportation of children to and from school. Competent school bus drivers and standard bus operation are necessary for a safe, efficient, and economical transportation program. [1]

A commercial driver's license (CDL) is a necessity to become a school bus driver. In addition, drivers must complete a short training program held by the school system. There are hearing and vision requirements that must be met by the potential driver.[2] Projections for bus driver employment, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, are to grow 13 percent from 2010 to 2020.[3]


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Education High school diploma
Starting pay $8.47 per hour[2]
Median pay $13.50 per hour[2]
10 yr growth Average
Related professions Mailman, chauffeur, bus driver
Author Tammy Feeney

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School Bus Driver Job Overview

School bus drivers are responsible for the safe transit of students during the school day and other extra-curricular activities. On school days, bus drivers pick up students in the morning and drop them off at their assigned bus stop at the end of the school day. Additional duties of a school bus driver may also include transportation to and from field trips, sporting events, and other activities. School bus drivers typically perform the following tasks:

  • Observe the movement of people and vehicles to safeguard students getting on or off of the bus
  • Observe disabled children and aid when needed
  • Maintain safety on the school bus
  • Understand and enforce the school system’s rules in regards to scholarly behavior
  • Inform the school district or parents of any disciplinary issues[4]

School Bus Driver License and Endorsements

Obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is necessary for school bus drivers. Most school districts sponsor additional training programs for drivers who want to work for their districts. School bus drivers require a or its equivalent. A passenger (P) endorsement and a school bus (S) endorsement are a requirement for all school bus drivers.[5]

School Bus Driver Training

Practical instruction makes up most training programs for school bus drivers. School bus drivers learn essential federal and state laws and requirements, as well as office and customer service skills. School bus driver trainees complete driving lessons, such as turning, parking and regulating the bus. They may practice driving routes under the guidance of qualified bus drivers.[6]

Working as a School Bus Driver

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