Locomotive Engineers

4.1/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $34.55 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 80% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
Manual Dexterity
Finger Dexterity
very important
quite important
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Locomotive Engineers' job openings is expected to rise 5.6% by 2030
'Locomotive Engineers' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Locomotive Engineers' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Locomotive Engineers' was $71,870, or $34.55 hourly
'Locomotive Engineers' are paid 71.3% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 37,110 people employed as Locomotive Engineers.
This represents around 0.03% of the employed workforce across the United States.

Job description

Drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas-turbine-electric locomotives to transport passengers or freight. Interpret train orders, electronic or manual signals, and railroad rules and regulations.

SOC Code: 53-4011.00

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J (No chance) says
How? There is no way they will learn all the rules and all the different types of signals.
Nov 25, 2020 at 05:16 PM
a (Small chance) says
Robots will make the train crash!
Jan 01, 2020 at 02:56 AM

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