Railroad & Railway Transportation
Types of Degrees Railroad & Railway Transportation Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many railroad and railway transportation graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Railroad & Railway Transportation Majors Need to Know
In an O*NET survey, railroad and railway transportation majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.
Knowledge Areas for Railroad and Railway Transportation Majors
Railroad and Railway Transportation majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
- Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
- 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.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- 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.
- 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.
Skills for Railroad and Railway Transportation Majors
The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to railroad and railway transportation:
- 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.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Abilities for Railroad and Railway Transportation Majors
As you progress with your railroad and railway transportation degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:
- 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.
- Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
What Can You Do With a Railroad & Railway Transportation Major?
People with a railroad and railway transportation degree often go into the following careers:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators||6.6%||NA|
|Rail Transportation Workers||4.3%||$55,410|
|Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers||4.5%||$52,630|
|Subway and Streetcar Operators||4.7%||$68,170|
Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Railroad & Railway Transportation?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of railroad and railway transportation majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||0|
|Hispanic or Latino||0|
How Much Do Railroad & Railway Transportation Majors Make?
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $58,490 to $66,920 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to railroad and railway transportation. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Railroad & Railway Transportation
Some careers associated with railroad and railway transportation require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to railroad and railway transportation have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||1.5%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||72.7%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||10.2%|
|Some College Courses||11.5%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||2.6%|
|Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level.||0.4%|
Online Railroad & Railway Transportation Programs
In 2018-2019, 5 schools offered a railroad and railway transportation program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||4||0|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||2||0|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Railroad & Railway Transportation Worth It?
The median salary for a railroad and railway transportation grad is $62,970 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 58% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $461,400 after 20 years!
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Trades Related to Railroad & Railway Transportation
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to railroad and railway transportation.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Truck & Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor||17,020|
|Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation||1,321|
|Other Ground Transportation||228|
|Flagging & Traffic Control||0|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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