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ESP Careers: Transportation Services

One Education Workforce Serving The Whole Student!

About Us and Our Work

  • 91% of us work out of a central facility that provides transportation for our district.
  • 52% of us work with special education students.
  • 85% of us are primarily responsible for school safety.
  • 68% of us work full time.
  • 10% of us hold second jobs to make ends meet.
  • 71% of us are female.
  • 78% are married.
  • 96% of us have to meet specific requirements in order to qualify for our jobs. 88% are required to have a commercial driver's license. 88% need coursework. 68% are required to have a special certificate.
  • 81% of us must pass tests or take coursework on a regular basis.
  • Our average age is 54.

We are committed: 11 years is the average we have been working in this field. 91% of us plan to stay in the ESP field, and 80% plan to keep our present jobs until we retire.

We are important: Approximately 203,000 transportation services ESPs work in the nation's K-12 public schools. We make up 9.3% of the ESP workforce in U.S. K-12 public schools.

Our Workplace Conditions and Issues

School zoneWe need to have our jobs defined more clearly. 21% of us have no written job description. Among those of us who have a job description, 13% think it does not accurately describe what we do.

76% of us have no say about changing our job description. 33% of us perform duties outside of our job descriptions.

Of all ESP job groups, we are the most concerned about privatization and the loss of our jobs to private, for-profit contractors. 31% of NEA K-12 ESP members report that school buses are contracted out in their districts.

We are concerned about school safety and student discipline. We need bus monitors, training, and administrative support to help us with student conduct, the unique needs of special education students, and in some cases, with overcrowded buses.

We are the most likely to work part time among all the ESP job groups, which causes some difficulty in finding additional work to accommodate our split schedule.

We would like a fair system for assigning drivers to regular bus runs and for distributing extra driving, such as for athletic events and field trips.

We appreciate the personal fulfillment we get from our work. We would like more job security, better benefits, and more opportunities for promotion and advancement.

Running to the bus

How We Help Make Public Education Great For Every Student

We operate and maintain all of a school system's vehicles. We are the first to greet students on their way to school and the last to bid them goodbye as they return home. We are often the first to recognize when a student is troubled or ill.

We are responsible for getting students to and from school in various weather and traffic conditions. We are responsible for first aid and emergency evacuation procedures, student conduct and discipline, and the safe transportation of special education students. We also keep up with new safety requirements, regulations and policies.


Transportation Services: Who We Are

  • Truck and Van Drivers
  • Bus Drivers
  • Vehicle Mechanics
  • Garage Workers
  • Transportation Maintenance Workers
  • Nonmanagerial Supervisors


Visit the ESP Publications page and download a copy of the Who We Are brochure to learn more about ESP Careers!

How We Advocate For Students