Last week we talked about reasons why school bus drivers are quitting their jobs. This week we are discussing the shortage that this is causing.
As the economy has improved, it has become harder to attract enough people to drive school buses, given such issues as the limited hours and salary. Projections show that openings for school bus drivers will continue to be one of the nation’s top transportation workforce needs in the coming years. According to a report titled “Strengthening Skills Training and Career Pathways Across the Transportation Industry”, released by the U.S. Department of Education, the need for school bus drivers is second only to that for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers. The report shows that over a 10-year period (2012-2022), a projected 330,699 openings for school bus drivers will occur.
All of this points to the importance of ongoing recruitment efforts as well as career advancement opportunities. As the report shows, the demand for school bus drivers will stay strong. It is up to the bus companies and school districts to plan ahead and hire dedicated and well-trained people for these positions.
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