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Career and Education Opportunities for Track Layers in Ohio

Ohio has a population of 11,542,645, which has grown by 1.67% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Buckeye State," Ohio's capital and largest city is Columbus.

Currently, 600 people work as track layers in Ohio. This is expected to shrink 2% to 590 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for track layers are expected to grow by about 14.8%. Track layers generally lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines.

Track layers earn approximately $19 per hour or $40,570 per year on average in Ohio. Nationally they average about $21 hourly or $44,220 per year. Incomes for track layers are better than in the overall category of Paving in Ohio, and better than the overall Paving category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 6,819,050 jobs in Ohio. The average annual income was $35,889 in 2008, up from $35,174 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Ohio was 10.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.1% of Ohio residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Ohio include fabricated metal product manufacturing, soap detergent manufacturing, and forging. Notable tourist attractions include the Columbus Museum of Art, the Farrow's Harley, and the Gahanna Historical Society.

CITIES WITH Track Layer OPPORTUNITIES IN Ohio


JOB DESCRIPTION: Track Layer

Track Layer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, track layers lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. They also includes ballast cleaning machine operators and road bed tamping machine operators.

Every day, track layers are expected to be able to maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements. They need to judge how far and close objects are from one another and themselves. It is also important that they lift, push and move large and heavy objects.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Ohio include:

  • Black Top Paver Operator. Operate equipment used for applying concrete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds, parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways, or equipment used for tamping gravel, dirt, or other materials. Includes concrete and asphalt paving machine operators, form tampers, tamping machine operators, and stone spreader operators.
  • Highway Maintenance Worker. Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement, repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road or plow snow from roadway.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Ohio

Ohio
Ohio photo by Matthew Trump

Ohio has a population of 11,542,645, which has grown by 1.67% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Buckeye State," Ohio's capital and most populous city is Columbus. In 2008, there were a total of 6,819,050 jobs in Ohio. The average annual income was $35,889 in 2008, up from $35,174 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Ohio was 10.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.1% of Ohio residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Ohio include fabricated metal product manufacturing, soap detergent manufacturing, and forging. Notable tourist destinations include the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Jewish Historical, and the COSI.