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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Labor Force Indicators
|2016 Worker Characteristics
|Total workers||Nonresident workers
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|2016 Potential Supply
|Qualified but working in another occupation||1
|Currently employed in a lower paid occupation||0
|UI claimants previously working in occupation||18
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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