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Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

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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.


  • 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 good with people
Salary $53,880/yr ($26.94/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma