Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers

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Description

Operate or monitor railroad track switches or locomotive instruments. May couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains. Watch for and relay traffic signals. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes. May watch for dragging equipment or obstacles on rights-of-way.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of railroad workers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 7,000 openings for railroad workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

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$57,870

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$72,060
$41,500
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Education

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Knowledge

  • Transportation
  • Mechanical
  • Public Safety and Security
  • English Language
  • Education and Training
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