Taxi Driver

Taxi drivers transport paying customers who want to travel by car or van from one location to another in a safe and timely manner. Sometimes taxi drivers wait for customers by lining up at airports or hotels but in some cities customers wave them down on the street. Taxi drivers can also be dispatched by their companies to pick up passengers at certain locations. Taxi drivers must be at least 21 or in some locales 25 years of age and they must have a good driving record. There are no formal educational requirements to become a taxi driver although a high school diploma is preferred. They must have good vision and hearing and they must pass a test after a certain number of hours of training. Some driving schools have courses designed to train taxi drivers in federal and local regulations. The website education-portal.com says taxi drivers must have a chauffeur license and the website www.jobdescriptions.net says that some locations require them to have a taxicab operator’s license or a special commercial license with an “endorsement” to carry passengers which must be renewed each year. It is essential for taxi drivers to know the best routes to travel at various times of day. Although it is not a requirement it is helpful if taxi drivers are familiar with languages other than their native tongue. Also they must be courteous and capable of handling customer fares and keeping a log of their miles traveled. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that employment opportunities for taxi drivers should grow especially in large urban areas. Earnings can vary but are higher in large cities and also depend on the number of hours a day the taxi driver transports passengers. On average taxi drivers earn between $20000 and $30000 per year.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Certification and/or License
Avg Salary: $25000
High Salary: $30000
Low Salary: $20000
Tasks: Transports passengers to and from various locations.
Arrives at destinations in a timely manner.
Remains friendly and courteous to customers.
Helps passengers with baggage or packages.
Also Called: Cab Driver
Cabbie
Chauffeur
Driver
Additional Resources: http://www.taxiregister.com/jobdescription.php
http://www.jobdescriptions.net/transportation/taxi-driver/
http://education-portal.com/articles/Taxi_Driver_Job_Description_and_Requirements_for_Starting_a_Career_as_a_Taxi_Driver.html