The conductor profession

The conductor profession appeared simultaneously with public transport. And from that moment on, his duties remained unchanged: collect fare and check tickets. Although, of course, technological progress has made adjustments both to the popularity of the profession and the number of such specialists.

The following functions should be included in the list of specialist authority:

• carrying out operations to pay for the passage of passengers (cash, social cards), issuing tickets;

• verification of preferential documents for pensioners and students;

• assisting passengers when necessary;

• after completion of the route, conducting inspections for abandoned, orphaned things.

The public transport conductor, in order to fulfill his duties, must know:

• principles for the provision of services for the transport of passengers and baggage;

• tariff grid of the route where it works;

• names of stops along the route, their sequence.

The conductor also needs knowledge on the provision of medical care, the principles of labor protection and fire safety. Specialists are introduced to these topics as part of coaching during hiring. There are certain requirements for the level of physical fitness of a public transport conductor. So, he should tolerate a long stay in transport (sometimes shifts can last from 8 to 12 hours). And for this, endurance and a good vestibular apparatus are necessary. The future conductor should also undergo regular medical examinations for possible contraindications. For example, poor tolerance of stuffy rooms or varicose veins.  The specialist is personally responsible for the purchase of tickets by all passengers of the vehicle. Otherwise, he will be fined by the employer, which is a separate clause in the employment contract. The management of the enterprise, in turn, is responsible for providing specialists with all the necessary tools for work, as well as uniforms.

A similar direction is not represented in any educational institution. All the intricacies of the profession of future conductors are taught directly at the workplace. In other words, a person with any level of education and any specialty can get a job as a conductor of public transport. The main skill is to quickly carry out mathematical calculations.

The profession of a conductor is not suitable for ambitious individuals, since it does not imply any career growth. Of course, a public conductor can change routes or even modes of transport.Moving from the post “bus conductor” to “tram conductor” or “trolley conductor” is, in principle, not unusual. But the scope of duties, the work schedule will not change from this.

The work of the conductor primarily involves communication with passengers, so the specialist should show the following qualities:

1. politeness;

2. sociability;

3. friendliness;

4. stress resistance;

5. responsibility;

6. diligence.

The bus conductor earns about 20,000 rubles a month. The salary of the trolley bus conductor varies in the range from 10,000 to 20,000 rubles. And the wage of the tram conductor can reach 30,000 rubles.

The positive aspects of the profession include the following:

• the opportunity to work without secondary specialized or higher education;

• obtaining professional skills directly at the workplace.

The disadvantages of the profession include:

• difficult working conditions (work shift begins at 4-5 in the morning);

• the occurrence of conflict when communicating with passengers;

• lack of career prospects;

• a fairly low level of wages.

• Place of work


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