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Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

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Drive automobiles, vans, or limousines to transport passengers. May occasionally carry cargo. Includes hearse drivers.

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Currently Employed: 28,700

Projected Annual Job Openings: 4,370

Typical Hourly Wage: $13.75 - $21.85

Typical Annual Salary: $28,600 - $45,400

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Typical education needed for entry: No formal educational credential

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Test vehicle equipment, such as lights, brakes, horns, or windshield wipers, to ensure proper operation.
  • Follow relevant safety regulations and state laws governing vehicle operation and ensure that passengers follow safety regulations.
  • Notify dispatchers or company mechanics of vehicle problems.
  • Drive taxicabs, limousines, company cars, or privately owned vehicles to transport passengers.
  • Provide passengers with assistance entering and exiting vehicles and help them with any luggage.
  • Complete accident reports when necessary.
  • Perform routine vehicle maintenance, such as regulating tire pressure and adding gasoline, oil, and water.
  • Communicate with dispatchers by radio, telephone, or computer to exchange information and receive requests for passenger service.
  • Pick up passengers at prearranged locations, at taxi stands, or by cruising streets in high traffic areas.
  • Arrange to pick up particular customers or groups on a regular schedule.

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