Workers in railroad occupations ensure that passenger and freight trains run on time and travel safely. Some workers drive trains, some coordinate the activities of the trains, while others operate signals and switches in the rail yard.
(avg salary: $52,400/yr)
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and machinery used in construction, farming, rail transportation, and other industries.
(avg salary: $43,820/yr)
Material recording clerks keep track of information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.
(avg salary: $24,810/yr)
Diesel service technicians and mechanics inspect, repair, or overhaul buses, trucks, and anything else with a diesel engine.
(avg salary: $42,320/yr)
Locomotive engineers drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas-turbine-electric locomotives to transport passengers or freight. They also interpret train orders, electronic or manual signals, and railroad rules and regulations.
(avg salary: $57,000/yr)
Railroad brake, signal and switch operators operate railroad track switches used to couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains; and signal engineers by hand or flagging. They may also inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes.
(avg salary: $52,280/yr)
Subway operators operate subway or elevated suburban passenger trains with no separate locomotive. Streetcar operators operate electric-powered streetcars. They may also handle fares.
(avg salary: $59,230/yr)
Rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yards, industrial plans, construction projects, or similar locations.
(avg salary: $44,810/yr)
Dispatchers schedule and dispatch workers, work crews, equipment, or service vehicles for conveyance of materials, freight, or passengers, or for normal installation, service, or emergency repairs rendered outside the place of business. Duties may include using radio, telephone, or computer to transmit assignments and compile statistics and reports on work progress.
(avg salary: $39,710/yr)