Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators (53-4021)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 3028 -6.71 23
United States 19,30019,000 -1.6500 1,3001,770

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 28.1316.4921.54 27.5335.1540.34

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
436 14.043.9 29.3
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation1
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation0
UI claimants previously working in occupation18
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 47
Number of job position postings 0
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 0.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Power Trains OEC