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Taxi Driver

Taxi drivers operate automobiles and vans to transport passengers from one place to another.

  • Avg. Salary $26,553.00
  • Avg. Wage $15.20
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook Up
Also Known As

Driver

NOC & Interest Codes
The Taxi Driver is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Taxi and Limousine Drivers
NOC code: 7413.1
OBJECTIVE

Interest in driving to pick passengers up and transport them to their destinations

METHODICAL

Interest in copying information to record transactions and collect flat-rate and taximeter fares

SOCIAL

Interest in speaking to maintain contact with dispatchers

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 Dec 16, 2016

Taxi drivers charge passengers a fee based on the distance and time driven. In general, they:

  • pick up passengers or meet passengers in response to a dispatched call or a pre-arranged booking
  • help passengers board or leave the taxi
  • provide directions and information about the area, town or city
  • report by radio or computer monitor to a central dispatcher
  • drive vehicles safely and efficiently to desired destinations
  • collect fares and make change
  • clean vehicles daily
  • perform routine meter and vehicle maintenance checks (for example, check tires and oil levels)
  • ensure that vehicles meet mechanical safety standards.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Driving a taxi can be emotionally and physically demanding. Drivers work in all types of weather and road conditions, and routinely may lift luggage and other items weighing up to 20 kilograms. Many drivers work ten hours or more a day, often six days a week. Some drivers prefer to work night shifts because there is less traffic.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Taxi drivers need the following characteristics:

  • the ability to remain diplomatic and courteous when dealing with the public, from their first passenger to their last passenger of the day
  • the motor co-ordination, manual dexterity and spatial perception required to safely operate a vehicle
  • resourcefulness for dealing with difficult passengers
  • a neat personal appearance and willingness to keep vehicles clean
  • an awareness of passengers' comfort and safety needs
  • self-discipline.

They should enjoy driving vehicles, having clear rules and guidelines for their work, and dealing with people.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

There are no standard education requirements but taxi drivers must:

  • have an Alberta Class 4 driver's licence
  • be able to communicate well and provide good customer service
  • have a thorough knowledge of local house numbering systems and the locations of important buildings and landmarks
  • have a municipal taxi permit and no criminal convictions (a criminal record check must be obtained from the police).

Some municipal taxi commissions require permit applicants to successfully complete a two day course for new drivers.

Demerit points and moving convictions are monitored by the municipality and individual cab companies. Often, cab companies do not allow drivers to work if they have more than six demerit points.

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Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Most taxi drivers are self-employed. Some drivers own their own vehicles; others prefer to lease or rent a vehicle.

Taxi drivers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7513: Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

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 industries listed above)
  • 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.

Over 6,300 Albertans are employed in the Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.1% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 132 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As taxi drivers occupations form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for taxi drivers.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Most drivers work on a flat rate per shift and may receive tips. The driver pays a certain amount per day to the company for using the cab and on-board computer and revenues over that amount belong to the driver. Some drivers work part time or have other jobs as well.

Out of their earnings, owner-drivers must pay expenses such as gas, oil, repairs, car payments and stand rent. This may leave little profit. Another option is to hire another driver to drive the cab on a second shift so the car runs almost 24 hours a day.

Taxi drivers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7513: Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffers. 

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffers occupational group earned on average from $12.21 to $19.34 an hour. The overall average wage was $15.20 an hour. For more information, see the Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffers wage profile.

Related High School Subjects
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Logistics
    • Mechanics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Driver Training

Updated Apr 11, 2014. 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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