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53-4021.00 - Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators

Operate railroad track switches. Couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains. Signal engineers by hand or flagging. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes.

Sample of reported job titles: Railroad Switchman, Brakeman, Terminal Carman, Trainman, Switch Foreman, Carman, Trains Service Conductor, Transportation Specialist, Locomotive Switch Operator, Railroad Brakeman

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
95   Core Signal locomotive engineers to start or stop trains when coupling or uncoupling cars, using hand signals, lanterns, or radio communication.
92   Core Pull or push track switches to reroute cars.
91   Core Observe signals from other crewmembers so that work activities can be coordinated.
88   Core Inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and handbrakes to ensure that they are securely fastened and functioning properly.
87   Core Raise levers to couple and uncouple cars for makeup and breakup of trains.
85   Core Receive oral or written instructions from yardmasters or yard conductors indicating track assignments and cars to be switched.
85   Core Climb ladders to tops of cars to set brakes.
77   Core Set flares, flags, lanterns, or torpedoes in front and at rear of trains during emergency stops in order to warn oncoming trains.
75   Core Inspect tracks, cars, and engines for defects and to determine service needs, sending engines and cars for repairs as necessary.
60   Core Make minor repairs to couplings, air hoses, and journal boxes, using hand tools.
55   Core Connect air hoses to cars, using wrenches.
92   Supplemental Operate and drive locomotives, diesel switch engines, dinkey engines, flatcars, and railcars in train yards and at industrial sites.
79   Supplemental Refuel and lubricate engines.
77   Supplemental Watch for and relay traffic signals to start and stop cars during shunting.
76   Supplemental Monitor oil, air, and steam pressure gauges, and make sure water levels are adequate.
72   Supplemental Ride atop cars that have been shunted, and turn handwheels to control speeds or stop cars at specified positions.
69   Supplemental Adjust controls to regulate air-conditioning, heating, and lighting on trains for comfort of passengers.
67   Supplemental Record numbers of cars available, numbers of cars sent to repair stations, and types of service needed.
67   Supplemental Provide passengers with assistance entering and exiting trains.
51   Supplemental Answer questions from passengers concerning train rules, stations, and timetable information.

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
75   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
57   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
57   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
52   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
47   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
45   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
44   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
40   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
35   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
35   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
32   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
30   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
29   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
26   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
24   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
23   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
18   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
16   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
15   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
12   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
11   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
11   Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
60   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
56   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
56   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
56   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
53   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
53   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
50   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
50   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
50   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
47   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
47   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
44   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
44   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
44   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
41   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
41   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
38   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
38   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
38   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
35   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
31   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
28   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
28   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
28   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
28   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
22   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
22   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
19   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
19   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
16   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
10   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
69   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
60   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
60   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
60   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
60   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
60   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
56   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
56   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
56   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
56   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
56   Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
53   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
53   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
53   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
53   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
53   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
53   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
53   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
53   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
53   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
53   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
53   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
50   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
50   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
50   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
50   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
50   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
50   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
50   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
50   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
47   Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
47   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
44   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
44   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
44   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
44   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
44   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
41   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
41   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
38   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
38   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
35   Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
31   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
28   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
28   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
28   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
28   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
28   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
28   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
28   Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
  Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
86   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Inspect locomotives or other railroad equipment.
84   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
83   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Climb ladders or vehicles to perform duties.
79   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
78   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
73   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
69   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Record service or repair activities.
69   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Connect hoses to equipment or machinery.
  • Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment.
67   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Receive information or instructions for performing work assignments.
  • Signal others to coordinate vehicle movement.
64   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
60   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
60   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Measure the level or depth of water or other liquids.
59   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
58   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
56   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
55   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Control equipment that regulates vehicle traffic.
  • Operate locomotives or other rail vehicles.
54   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
54   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
54   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
53   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
52   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
49   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
49   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
49   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Arrange maintenance activities.
47   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
45   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
43   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
41   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
40   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Provide transportation information to passengers or customers.
34   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Assist customers to ensure comfort or safety.
  • Assist passengers during vehicle boarding.
32   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
31   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
31   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Maintain locomotives or other rail equipment in good working condition.
28   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
23   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
23   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
19   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
18   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
16   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
10   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
  Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Context
Work Context
100   Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
98   Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
96   Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
95   Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
93   Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
92   Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?
91   Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
85   Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
85   Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
84   Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?
84   Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
83   In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
82   Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
81   Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
81   Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
80   Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?
79   Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
79   Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?
78   Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
74   Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
72   Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
69   Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
69   Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
68   Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
65   Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?
64   Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
63   Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
62   In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?
60   Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?
60   Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
57   Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
57   Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
54   Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
52   Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
50   Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
49   Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
47   Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
45   Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?
44   Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
44   Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
43   Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
42   Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
41   Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
40   Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
38   Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)
38   Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
24   Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
22   Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
21   Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
18   Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
16   Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
15   Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
  Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
  Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
  Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?
  Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?
  Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
87   High school diploma or equivalent Help
  Less than high school diploma
  Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
39   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
22   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
 Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
85   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
79   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
77   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
75   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
72   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
67   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
67   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
66   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
65   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
64   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
63   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
62   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
62   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
60   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
58   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
57   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

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Extent
Work Value
72   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
56   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
45   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
33   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
28   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
17   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Related Occupations   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

47-2071.00 Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
47-4051.00 Highway Maintenance Workers
47-4061.00 Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators Green Occupation
47-5013.00 Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining Green Occupation
47-5081.00 Helpers--Extraction Workers
53-3032.00 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers   Bright Outlook Bright Outlook   Green Occupation
53-4011.00 Locomotive Engineers Green Occupation
53-4012.00 Locomotive Firers
53-4013.00 Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
53-4031.00 Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters   Green Occupation Green

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2013) $24.44 hourly, $50,840 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 25,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 7,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Transportation and Warehousing (99% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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Sources of Additional Information

Disclaimer: Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industries. Links to non-DOL Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.

  • Railroad Occupations external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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