Railroads are Recruiting Conductors
When you think of jobs on a railroad, the position of Locomotive Engineer probably comes at you first. The Conductor position probably comes in a close second though.
Everyone's familiar with the conductor on the train asking for tickets and announcing when the train is pulling into each depot. On a passenger train, the conductor is responsible for making sure that the passengers are seated in their proper seats and that they've bought a ticket for passage on the train.
Without conductors to check the tickets, anyone could simply slip onboard a train and ride for free.
The Job of a Conductor
Many railroad conductors now have other duties to perform as the position of rail brake operator has been practically phased out by rail companies, trying to save money where they can.
They are in charge of yard crews when the train is at the depot and coordinate schedules for maintenance and repairs on any cars needing work at that time. By staying in close contact with the engineer by means of electronic voice systems, the conductor ensures that the level of communication between all members of the train crew remains close.
Conductors can earn anywhere from $23.40 to $33.77 depending on the company and area of the country the work is in. The best states to work in as a conductor include New Mexico ($33.77 hr.) and Mississippi ($31.95 hr.). Here's the latest salary information: