Bus Traffic Controller

Field Supervisor, Transportation Coordinator, Transportation Supervisor  

Bus traffic controllers oversee the day-to-day functioning of bus operations and its operators, inspect buses, conduct investigations, and respond to vehicle emergencies. These workers manage and document accidents and coordinate with vehicle maintenance staff, as needed. They also monitor bus activity via automated vehicle locating systems.

Bus traffic controllers, who report to managers of bus operations, require a strong understanding of bus operations and safety procedures, as well as strong communication, supervisory, computer, customer service, and record-keeping skills, and attention to detail. These individuals also are expected to have familiarity with industry vehicle tracking software. Supervisory training is also important for bus traffic controllers, as these individuals supervise other employees in bus operations. Supervisory training, however, is often provided by the employer.

Bus traffic controllers must have a high school diploma or pass the general educational development (GED) exam. While not required, many bus traffic controllers started out as bus operators. Evidence of past courses or experience in leadership and supervision may be helpful. Bus traffic controllers must pass the tests required to obtain the type of commercial driver's license (CDL) required for the job. Qualifications and standards are established by state and federal regulations. Applicants are responsible for complying with regulations within their own states, as well as those of other states (or countries) where they operate.

To qualify for a CDL, applicants must pass a knowledge test on rules and regulations, and then demonstrate in a skills test that they can operate a bus safely. The Department of Transportation keeps a national database of all driving violations incurred by CDL holders, and a state may not issue a license to a person who has already had a license suspended or revoked in another state. Drivers may hold only one license at a time, and must surrender all other driver's licenses upon receiving their new CDLs. Information on how to apply for a CDL and each type of endorsement can be obtained from state motor vehicle administrations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Many industry employers provide on-the-job training, but click on the "get qualified" tab above to see additional resources for job preparation and training.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
3% - Little or no change
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $43,640 - $72,880    Hourly: $21 - $35

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

- Physical requirements established by a state's Department of Transportation

Legal Requirements

Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

3% - Little or no change
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $43,640 - $72,880

Hourly: $21 - $35