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4 Associates's Degrees Annually
#226 in Popularity (Associate's)
$62,970 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Railroad & Railway Transportation Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many railroad and railway transportation graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 159
Undergraduate Certificate 8
Associate Degree 4

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:

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  • 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

A major in railroad and railway transportation prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • 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

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a railroad and railway transportation student include the following:

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  • 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?

4 Associate's Degrees Annually
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of railroad and railway transportation majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 3
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

How Much Do Railroad & Railway Transportation Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Railroad and Railway Transportation majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $58,490 to $66,920 (25th to 75th percentile). 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.

Median Salary for a Railroad & Railway Transportation Major  ( 58490 to 66920 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with railroad and railway transportation may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for railroad and railway transportation careers below.

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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%
Bachelor’s Degree 1.0%
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 the 2019-2020 academic year, 4 schools offered some type of railroad and railway transportation program. 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 2 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 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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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 15,103
Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation 1,162
Other Ground Transportation 461

References

*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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