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Career and Education Opportunities for Taxi Drivers in Hartford, Connecticut

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for taxi drivers in the Hartford, Connecticut area. There are currently 3,840 working taxi drivers in Connecticut; this should grow by 15% to about 4,410 working taxi drivers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for taxi drivers are expected to grow by about 15.5%. Taxi drivers generally drive automobiles, vans, or limousines to transport passengers.

Taxi drivers earn about $13 per hour or $27,120 yearly on average in Connecticut and about $10 hourly or $21,550 yearly on average nationally. Compared with people working in the overall category of Small Vehicle, people working as taxi drivers in Connecticut earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Small Vehicle nationally.

The Hartford area is home to sixty-two schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Hartford where you can get a degree as a taxi driver. The most common level of education for taxi drivers is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time training to become a taxi driver if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, taxi drivers drive automobiles, vans, or limousines to transport passengers. They also may occasionally carry cargo.

Taxi drivers test vehicle equipment such as lights or windshield wipers, to insure proper operation. They also notify dispatchers or company mechanics of vehicle problems. Equally important, taxi drivers have to communicate with dispatchers by radio or computer to provide data and receive requests for passenger service. They are often called upon to furnish passengers with assistance entering and exiting vehicles, and help them with any luggage. They are expected to perform routine vehicle maintenance such as regulating tire pressure and adding gasoline, oil, and water. Finally, taxi drivers vacuum and clean interiors, and wash and polish exteriors of automobiles.

Every day, taxi drivers are expected to be able to respond quickly in general. It is also important that they quickly make decisions and take actions based upon external signs and signals.

It is important for taxi drivers to complete accident reports when needed. They are often called upon to follow regulations governing taxi operation and insure that passengers follow safety regulations. They also record name and taxi identification data on trip sheets, along with trip data such as time and place of pickup and drop-off, and total fee. They are sometimes expected to arrange to pick up particular patrons or groups on a regular schedule. Somewhat less frequently, taxi drivers are also expected to decide on fares on the basis of trip distances and times, using taximeters and fee schedules, and announce fares to passengers.

Taxi drivers sometimes are asked to turn the taximeter on when passengers enter the cab, and turn it off when they reach the final destination. and perform minor vehicle repairs such as cleaning spark plugs, or take vehicles to mechanics for servicing. And finally, they sometimes have to pick up or meet employers in line with requests or schedules.

Like many other jobs, taxi drivers must be reliable and believe in an agile approach to problem solving and deal with change.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Hartford include:

  • Bus Driver. Drive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.
  • Delivery Driver. Drive a truck or van with a capacity of under 26,000 GVW, primarily to deliver or pick up merchandise or to deliver packages within a specified area. May require use of automatic routing or location software. May load and unload truck.
  • Paramedic. Drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assist in lifting patients.
  • School Bus Driver. Transport students or special clients.
  • Subway Train Operator. Operate subway or elevated suburban train with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar to transport passengers. May handle fares.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Taxi Driver Training

New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Connecticut - Somers, CT

New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Connecticut, 32 Field Rd, Somers, CT 06071. New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Connecticut is a small school located in Somers, Connecticut. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 247 students. New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Connecticut has a less than one year program in Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operation which graduated 673 students in 2008.

Baran Institute of Technology - East Windsor, CT

Baran Institute of Technology, 97 Newberry Road, East Windsor, CT 06088. Baran Institute of Technology is a small school located in East Windsor, Connecticut. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 938 students. Baran Institute of Technology has a less than one year program in Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operation which graduated fifty-six students in 2008.

LICENSES

Chauffeur/Driver

Licensing agency: Department of Motor Vehicles
Address: 60 State Street, Wethersfield, CT 06161

Phone: (860) 263-5700
Website: Department of Motor Vehicles

Taxicab Driver

Licensing agency: Department of Motor Vehicles
Address: 60 State Street, Wethersfield, CT 06161

Phone: (860) 263-5700
Website: Department of Motor Vehicles

LOCATION INFORMATION: Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut
Hartford, Connecticut photo by Contimm

Hartford is situated in Hartford County, Connecticut. It has a population of over 124,062, which has grown by 2.0% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Hartford, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Hartford cost $82,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, eight new homes were constructed in Hartford, down from twelve the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Hartford are health care, finance and insurance, and educational services. For men, it is administrative and support and waste management services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 24 minutes. More than 12.4% of Hartford residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 5.2%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Hartford is 14.4%, which is greater than Connecticut's average of 8.3%.

The percentage of Hartford residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 57.4%, is more than both the national and state average. Our Lady of Sorrows Church, All Saints Orthodox Church and Sacred Heart Church are all churches located in Hartford. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church.

Hartford is home to the Albany Avenue Branch Hartford Public Library and the North Meadows Industrial Park as well as Little Hollywood Historic District and West End North Historic District. Shopping malls in the area include Park Plaza Shopping Center, Pavillion at State House Shopping Center and Civic Center Mall Shopping Center.