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Bus Line Ticket Agent

Bus line ticket agents provide information and sell tickets to passengers travelling by motor coach.

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Also Known As

Customer Service Representative, Salesperson, Ticket Agent

NOC & Interest Codes
The Bus Line Ticket Agent is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Ticket Agents and Related Clerks (Except Airline)
NOC code: 6434.1
METHODICAL

Interest in copying information to receive and record bookings for package tours from retail travel agencies; and in checking baggage

SOCIAL

Interest in speaking with customers to assist them in planning travel times and routes

OBJECTIVE

Interest in operating computer systems to reserve seats for tour companies, travel agencies, wholesalers and the general public, as well as to issue tickets and baggage receipts

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Bus line ticket agents' duties and job titles vary from one employer to another but, in general, they:

  • answer telephone and in person inquiries about routes, time schedules and rates
  • help customers plan travel times and routes
  • make and confirm seat reservations
  • calculate expenses and issue tickets
  • accept payment
  • direct passengers to their points of departure.

In large bus companies, the duties of reservation agents in centralized ticket offices are different from the duties of counter service agents in depots. Reservation agents answer telephone inquiries and confirm reservations. Counter service agents sell tickets at ticket counters. At small bus stops, a hotel or restaurant proprietor may perform the duties of a counter service agent.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Most bus line ticket agents work shifts that include evenings, weekends and holidays. During vacation seasons and holidays, they may be required to work overtime. The work environment can be hectic and customers can be difficult especially when poor weather conditions cause delays.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Bus line ticket agents need the following characteristics:

  • a neat and friendly appearance
  • good communication skills and speaking voice
  • the ability to deal tactfully with the public.

They should enjoy copying and recording information, dealing with people and operating computer ticketing systems.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Most bus lines require ticket agents to have a high school diploma or work experience in clerical, sales or related public contact positions. Ticket agents need exceptional customer service skills, should be bondable (acceptable to an insurance company as a responsible, law-abiding citizen) and have the keyboarding skills required to operate computer terminals.

New bus line employees are trained on the job, first on fares and schedules, then on making up tickets.

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Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Bus line ticket agents are usually employed in or near urban centres. Large employers generally select ticket agents from among their current employees.

Bus line ticket agents may advance to supervisory positions such as customer service representative, cargo agent or reservation agent. However, competition for these positions usually is keen and there are few other advancement opportunities.

Bus line ticket agents are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6524: Ground and Water Transport Ticket Agents, Cargo Service Representatives and Related Clerks. In Alberta, 79% of people employed in this classification work in the Transportation and Warehousing (PDF) industry.

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Transportation and Warehousing industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Bus line ticket agents are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6524: Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives and related clerks.

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives and related clerks occupational group earned on average a starting wage of $14.07 an hour. For more information, see the Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives and related clerks wage profile.

Related High School Subjects
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Tourism
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Personal and Food Services

Updated Mar 29, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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