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Career and Education Opportunities for School Bus Drivers in North Carolina

North Carolina has a population of 9,380,884, which has grown by 16.54% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Tar Heel State," its capital is Raleigh, though its largest city is Charlotte.

About 16,310 people are currently employed as school bus drivers in North Carolina. By 2016, this is expected to grow 17% to 19,110 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for school bus drivers are expected to grow by about 6.2%. In general, school bus drivers transport students or special clients.

School bus drivers earn approximately $11 hourly or $23,590 per year on average in North Carolina. Nationally they average about $12 hourly or $26,600 yearly. Earnings for school bus drivers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Public Service in North Carolina and not quite as good as general Public Service category earnings nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 5,497,808 jobs in North Carolina. The average annual income was $35,249 in 2008, up from $34,865 the previous year. The unemployment rate in North Carolina was 10.6% in 2009, which has grown by 4.4% since the previous year. About 22.5% of North Carolina residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Carolina include beverage product manufacturing, tobacco manufacturing, and pharmaceutical preparation manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, the Mint Museum Shops, and the Carolinas Aviation Museum.

CITIES WITH School Bus Driver OPPORTUNITIES IN North Carolina


JOB DESCRIPTION: School Bus Driver

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

In general, school bus drivers transport students or special clients.

Every day, school bus drivers are expected to be able to respond quickly in general. They need to judge how far and close objects are from one another and themselves. It is also important that they evaluate problems as they arise.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in North Carolina 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.
  • Taxi Driver. Drive automobiles, vans, or limousines to transport passengers. May occasionally carry cargo.
  • Truck Driver. Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 GVW, to transport and deliver goods, livestock, or materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form. May be required to unload truck. May require use of automated routing equipment. Requires commercial drivers' license.

LOCATION INFORMATION: North Carolina

North Carolina
North Carolina photo by Jan van der Crabben

North Carolina has a population of 9,380,884, which has grown by 16.54% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Tar Heel State," its capital is Raleigh, though its most populous city is Charlotte. In 2008, there were a total of 5,497,808 jobs in North Carolina. The average annual income was $35,249 in 2008, up from $34,865 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in North Carolina was 10.6% in 2009, which has grown by 4.4% since the previous year. Approximately 22.5% of North Carolina residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Carolina include beverage product manufacturing, tobacco manufacturing, and pharmaceutical preparation manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Mint Hill Country Doctors Museum, the Levine Museum of the New South, and the McGill Rose Garden.