Career Outlook for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators

Also known as:  Freight Brake Operator, Locomotive Switch Operator, Railroad Brake Operator, Railway Switch Operator, Switch Coupler, Train Brake Operator
The overall job outlook for Railroad Brake, Signal, or Switch Operator careers has been positive since 2004. Vacancies for this career have increased by 35.22 percent nationwide in that time, with an average growth of 5.87 percent per year. Demand for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators is expected to go up, with an expected 5,810 new jobs filled by 2018. This represents an annual increase of 3.27 percent over the next few years.
TOP STATES
There are currently more Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators in the following states
Illinois 2,300
California 1,750
Missouri 1,190
Pennsylvania 920
Iowa 750
Louisiana 710
New York 590
BOTTOM STATES
The states below have the least number of filled positions for Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators
South Dakota 70
North Carolina 100
Ohio 140
South Carolina 170
North Dakota 190
Mississippi 250
Minnesota 260
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