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Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

General Information

Description

Coordinate activities of switch-engine crew within railroad yard, industrial plant, or similar location. Conductors coordinate activities of train crew on passenger or freight trains. Yardmasters review train schedules and switching orders and coordinate activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as the makeup or breakup of trains and yard switching.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit75.89%
  2. State and local government12.56%
  3. Federal government8.54%
  4. Private, not for profit2.12%
  5. Self-employed0.73%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Job Outlook

Projected Job Growth (2022 - 2032)
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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$68,180

State-by-state Salary

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$101,450
$46,300
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Education & Interests

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 85%
  • Post-secondary certificate 8%
  • Associate's degree 6%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS

You may find this career fulfilling if you consider yourself to be:

  • Enterprising — You have an interest in managing, negotiating and marketing, or leading and advising others.
  • Realistic — You have an interest in physically working with equipment, materials or structures.
  • Conventional — You have an interest in following procedures and regulations to organize information or data.

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership

Knowledge

  • Transportation
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Education and Training
  • Mechanical
  • Customer and Personal Service

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