It's your Education, It's your Future

Try EdAdvisor™ today! Your career options are just ahead.

Find your Perfect Career Path

Start Your Search here



Browse Careers

Popular Career Searches


Advance your career with EdAdvisor. EdAdvisor gives you educational information to help you research jobs and find the right school for you in 3 easy steps!

  • Search

    Search among hundreds of careers.

  • Choose

    Choose your area of interest.

  • Explore

    Explore related Degree Programs.

Choose your option!

Explore Your Career Path Options

Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
Quick Facts : Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters*
2010 Median Pay$49,770
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201240,800
Job Outlook5% (Slower than average)
Employment Change1,900

Conductors and yardmasters coordinate the daily activities of both freight and passenger train crews. Conductors work on the train whereas yardmasters work in the rail yard. Conductors travel on both freight and passenger trains. They coordinate activities of the train crew.

What Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters Do

  • Take payments from passengers who did not buy tickets in advance
  • Announce stations and give other announcements as needed
  • Help passengers to safety when needed
  • Review schedules, switching orders, and shipping records of freight trains
  • Operate freight cars within rail yards that use remote locomotive technology

Work Environment

Most conductors and yardmasters work in the rail transportation industry.
Find a Related Degree >>

Job Outlook

Employment of railroad conductors and yardmasters is projected to grow 5 percent from 2010 to 2020, with demand for rail driven by population growth and an increase in global trade.
Find a Related Degree >>


The average salary of conductors and yardmasters was $49,770 in May 2010.
Find a Related Degree >>

Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters


Transportation Occupations


All Jobs in the U.S.

Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters*
Percent Change in Employment

Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters


Transportation Occupations


All Jobs in the U.S.


Becoming a Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

Employers of conductors and yardmasters generally require a high school diploma and several months of on-the-job training. Most railroad companies have 1 to 3 months of on-the-job training for conductors and yardmasters.
Find a Related Degree >>

Similar Occupations


Like this Job? Find a Degree

Start your journey with the right degree.
find a degree now!