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Rail: Career and Education Opportunities in Washington

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.

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Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its largest city is Seattle. In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. About 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Birthplace of Seattle Log House Museum, the History House, and the Boeing and Eames IMAX Theatres.


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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.