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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.
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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.
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Pay

The average salary of conductors and yardmasters was $49,770 in May 2010.
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Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

49770

Transportation Occupations

46690.7692

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters*
Percent Change in Employment

Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

4.65686

Transportation Occupations

10.4212869818394

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

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.
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