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Employment: Rail Transportation Occupations




Rail transportation workers held 112,000 jobs in 2004, distributed among the detailed occupations as follows:

Locomotive engineers and operators 40,000
Railroad conductors and yardmasters 38,000
Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators 17,000
Subway and streetcar operators 9,200
Rail transportation workers, all other 8,100

Most rail transportation workers are employed in either the rail transportation industry or support activities for the industry. The rest work primarily for local governments as subway and streetcar operators and for mining and manufacturing establishments that operate their own locomotives and dinkey engines to move railcars containing ore, coal, and other bulk materials.