Bus drivers and other transit operators

Bus drivers and other transit operators

NOC
7512

- Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators

Drive buses and shuttles to transport passengers on established routes. Employers include urban transit systems, school boards and private residential, transportation and tour companies.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

190
 

Median Hourly Wage

$20.00
$15.00
Low
$24.04
High

Median Salary

$28,078
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

1,290
 

% Working Full Time

88%
 

% Working Full Year

24%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

This unit group includes workers who drive buses and operate streetcars, subway trains and light rail transit vehicles to transport passengers on established routes. Bus drivers are employed by urban transit systems, school boards or transportation authorities and private transportation companies. Streetcar, subway and light rail transit operators are employed by urban transit systems.

Main Duties

Bus drivers and streetcar operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Drive buses or streetcars to transport passengers along established routes to local destinations
  • Drive buses to transport passengers and goods to intercity or long distance destinations
  • Drive sightseeing tour buses to transport passengers locally or over long distances
  • Drive buses equipped for wheelchair accessibility, and aid passengers in boarding
  • Provide passengers with information on fares, schedules and stops
  • Collect fares, issue and validate transfers, check bus passes and record transactions
  • Conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections of vehicle
  • Communicate with passengers, dispatchers or other drivers using two-way radio systems
  • Report delays, mechanical problems and accidents
  • May provide information on points of interest during sightseeing tours
  • May load and unload passengers' luggage and express freight.

School bus drivers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Drive school buses to transport children between school and home or on excursions
  • Ensure children's safety when boarding and leaving buses and crossing street while bus is stopped
  • Maintain control of student activities during travel to prevent distractions or behaviours that could compromise safety
  • May transport adults outside of school hours on chartered trips.

Subway train and light rail transit operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate subway or rail transit vehicles as part of two-person crew
  • Observe signals at crossings and arrival and departure points
  • Operate controls to open and close transit vehicle doors
  • Report delays, malfunctions and accidents to control unit
  • Ensure passenger safety and welfare in emergencies, and direct passengers during evacuation procedures.

Also Known As

  • bus driver
  • bus operator
  • light rail transit operator
  • motor coach driver
  • public passenger transit driver
  • school bus driver
  • sightseeing tour driver
  • streetcar operator
  • subway train operator
  • transit operator - transportation
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Up to three months of on-the-job training, including classroom instruction, is usually provided for all occupations in this unit group.
  • A minimum of one year of safe driving experience is required.
  • Bus drivers require a Class B, C, E or F driver's licence in Ontario, and a Class 2 driver's licence is required in all other provinces and the territories.
  • An air brakes endorsement and first aid certificate may be required.
  • Experience as a public transit bus driver is usually required for subway and light rail transit operators.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

37.5%
Female
62.5%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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0.0%
15-24
4.6%
25-34
13.4%
35-44
37.4%
45-54
38.4%
55-64
6.2%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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11.8%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
52.5%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
15.1%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
19.0%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
1.6%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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41.1%
Transportation and warehousing
39.1%
Educational services
15.8%
Public administration
3.9%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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22.40%
Northeast
23.00%
Southeast
27.00%
Southwest
17.10%
Central
10.50%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$26,318
Northeast
$28,131
Southeast
$30,344
Southwest
$29,926
Central
$28,446
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$20.00
$15.29
Low
$21.85
High

Southeast

$20.00
$13.00
Low
$25.00
High

Southwest

$20.00
$16.00
Low
$30.00
High

Central

$20.28
$16.00
Low
$24.04
High

Northwest

$20.28
$19.23
Low
$22.00
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$28,078

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$44,492

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$28,078

Newfoundland

$27,358

Prince Edward Island

$24,819

Nova Scotia

$27,339

Canada

$28,997
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

190
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-10
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

200
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

613
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-14
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

626