Why Millenials and Gen-Z Will Bypass a Career Driving The Bus

Patrick Parents
5 min readJun 1, 2021

With national protests pushing for a higher minimum wage, you would assume that the generation fighting for these things would take the low-hanging fruit directly in front of them. Driving the public bus in some markets is an easy way to make 6-figures without having a college degree. For the record, some people with a college degree still don’t make 6 figures. True story, while most of my friends were grinding through college, at the age of 21 I was already making 50K a year. Which in 2011 was unheard of for someone my age. All from driving up and down Greenmount ave.

Driving the bus has everything Millenials and Gen-Z are currently fighting for.

  1. No College Debt
  2. More Than an Acceptable Wage
  3. Benefits

But this hasn't been enough to get them through the door, and if they have entered the industry most leave within their first two years.

As a backdoor millennial (born in 89) I’ll explain why Transit can’t attract or keep the next generation of Bus Operators.

My transit career started back in 2010 when I was a brand new 20-year-old trying to find a career path that fits me. I had no desire to go to a 4-year institution, asthma kept me away from the army, and though Safeway Food Markets had…