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For over 100 years Railroad Transportation has moved freight and passengers across tracks that unite the Nation!

Today, this great railroading tradition remains just as vital, and just as central, to the dynamic pulse of the U. S. economy.

Locomotive engineers and operators; railroad brake, signal, and switch operators; railroad conductors, yardmasters, and yard crews - all these career opportunities and more are available in the decade ahead, especially in view of the large number of railroad personnel who are expected to retire.

What does it take to join the railroad transportation industry?

Railroads typically require that applicants for positions have a minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalent. Physical stamina is needed for many entry-level jobs. As a result, employers require job applicants to pass a physical examination, drug and alcohol screening, and criminal background checks.

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Because railroads operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, railroad transportation employees share shifts that work round the clock. Rewards, however, match the challenge, as the average pay for many railroad transportation occupations exceeds $20 per hour.

A high proportion of all railroad workers are members of labor unions, with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and United Transportation Union among the most predominant.

Two sites have information on railroads. We highlight the sites and the content we think you'll find useful as you explore your career options in this area of transportation.

For a quick overview of what each site below offers, click the link.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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