There are many careers in the railway industry and each of these jobs are important. Together, they make the railway system excel. Without the jobs that are listed below, the railway system would not be as efficient as it is today.
- Engineer: Person who designs, builds, or maintains engine
- Conductor: In charge of train, metro, subway
- Yardmaster: In charge of railroad yard
- Mechanics: Works on trains and support equipment
- Track Worker: Lays and repairs tracks
- Welder: Puts metal together using fire, hammering, or compressing
- Signal Worker: Guides and controls traffic
- Roadway Mechanic: Maintains and improves road
- Crew Dispatcher: Communication personnel that is responsible for giving clear messages, tracking vehicles and equipment and other important information
- Installation and Electronic Technicians: Repairs and maintains electronic equipment
- Maintenance Specialist: Makes sure everything is running smoothly
- Transportation Safety Specialists: Develops comprehensive transportation safety programs and procedures
- Watchman/Foreman: Supervises and directs work
- Operator: Person who operates equipment or a machine
Education is very important, as it is with every job. Most of the jobs listed above only require a high school diploma. Jobs like engineering and mechanic need more than a high school education; they need two or more years of college education.
For a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering at Northwestern, the tuition is $46,836.
At Kansas State University tutition is $15,600.
Tuition at Massachuets Institiute of Technology (MIT) is over $43,000.
Job Salary Outlook: A bachelor’s degree salary outlook can be anywhere from $45,000- $82,000.