|Quick Facts: Train Engineers and Operators|
|2010 Median Pay||
$46,100 per year
$22.17 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||See How to Become One|
|On-the-job Training||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||67,100|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||1% (Little or no change)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||500|
Train engineers and train operators ensure that freight trains and passenger trains stay on time and travel safely. Train engineers drive trains. Train operators work the brakes, signals, or switches.
Train engineers include locomotive engineers who drive trains between stations and rail yard engineers who move trains around in a rail yard. Nearly all locomotive engineers work in the rail transportation industry. Rail yard engineers work in both rail transportation and support activities for rail. Nearly all brake, signal, and switch operators work in the rail transportation industry.
Many rail companies require workers to have a high school diploma or equivalent although some companies do not have education requirements for rail yard workers. Train engineers and operators are trained on the job through company training programs.
The median annual wage of train engineers and operators was $46,100 in May 2010.
Employment of train engineers and operators is projected to experience little or no change, growing 1 percent from 2010 to 2020. However, job opportunities for these occupations should be favorable because many current workers are approaching retirement age.
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