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Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators

Job Information

Operate railroad track switches. Couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains. Signal engineers by hand or flagging. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes.


  • Opportunities are expected to be good for qualified applicants since a large number of workers are expected to retire or leave these occupations from 2008 to 2018.
  • 76 percent of these workers are members of unions, and earnings are relatively high.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $50,430/yr ($25.22/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education High School diploma