If you’ve always been fascinated by trains, now may be a good time to turn that interest into a career. Locomotive engineers operate trains, transporting passengers and freight across North America. They also inspect equipment and communicate with rail crews and traffic controllers to make sure everything is safe and on schedule.
This job is light on formal education requirements: You’ll probably need a high school diploma and that’s about it. You’ll also need experience as a train conductor, a job that involves being responsible for the freight and crew on the train.
The median annual salary for locomotive engineers is $78,000.
The government predicts this field has a bright future for people planning to enter it in five years, when there will be significantly more jobs than people looking for work.
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