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Have you ever considered a job as a taxi driver?

Written by Robert Fucci

You enjoy spending your days or nights behind the wheel. You consider yourself a people person and are a safe driver.

This transportation sector is growing rapidly. Some taxi drivers earn up to $65,000 annually.

The industry is projected to be among the fastest growing into the next decade. Find out more about this career below.

Daily responsibilities

Simply put, taxi drivers transport patrons to and from various places including hotels, airports, restaurants, malls and more. Familiarity of the towns and cities they drive in is crucial to making sure patrons arrive at their destination on time.

Working conditions

Rates for injuries are among the highest in this profession due to car accidents. Taxi drivers maintain flexible working schedules and can dictate when they want a break in their shift, which can be any time of the day.

Entering the field

There are no minimum educational requirements for taxi drivers. Most states require drivers to earn a taxi or limo license. On-the-job training usually lasts no more than two weeks.

Pay day

The average taxi driver earns just shy of $28,000 annually, according to PayScale, although some have earned as much as $65,000.

Hiring forecast

Job openings for taxi drivers are projected to grow 16% through 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, making it among the highest growing industries. Those with a safe driving history and flexible schedule are most likely to land these jobs.