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Have you ever wanted to be the person shouting “All aboard!” when a train is leaving the station? If you'd like to see the country while riding the rails, a job as a train conductor might be the right one for you.


Most freight conductors earn about $53,500 and passenger conductors earn about $68,000, according to the National Railroad Labor Conference. Nearly all conductors belong to unions and receive competitive salaries and good benefits. They also get paid well for working overtime.


Jobs for conductors may decline slightly in the coming years. Railroads may be used more to transport freight, but newer trains need fewer people to operate them. There may be an increased need for streetcar and subway operators because more cities are adding public transportation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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