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Rail: Career and Education Opportunities in Pennsylvania

Rail: Running on fixed tracks, the rail industry moves huge cargos from place with place efficiently and effectively and the Rail Workers who support this do so within a centuries long tradition. From yard men to locomotive engineers, they are at the center of keeping the trains running on time.

Pennsylvania photo by Ed Yakovich

Pennsylvania has a population of 12,604,767, which has grown by 2.64% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Keystone State," its capital is Harrisburg, though its most populous city is Philadelphia. In 2008, there were a total of 7,407,409 jobs in Pennsylvania. The average annual income was $39,762 in 2008, up from $38,738 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 22.4% of Pennsylvania residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Pennsylvania include railroad rolling stock manufacturing, women's' cut apparel manufacturing, and community care facilities for the elderly. Notable tourist destinations include the Marian Anderson Residence Museum, the American Interfaith Institute, and the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.


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Subway Train Operator

Subway Train Operators operate subway or elevated suburban train with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar to transport passengers. Subway Train Operators need to run the operations of equipment, machinery and systems. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.