Also known as Combined Rail Operator, Light Rail Operator, Light Rail Vehicle Operator (LRV Operator), Rail Operator, Rapid Transit Operator (RTO), Streetcar Operator, Train Operator, Transit Operator, Trolley Operator
Also known as Combined Rail Operator, Light Rail Operator, Light Rail Vehicle Operator (LRV Operator)
Subway Operators operate subway or elevated suburban trains with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar, to transport passengers.
In addition, Subway Operators may handle fares.
Subway Operators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Subway Operators. More generally, Subway Operators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Subway Operator is $69,440, and the average salary is $65,480. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Subway Operator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Subway Operators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Subway Operators earn less than $40,880 per year, 25% earn less than $52,930, 75% earn less than $79,830, and 90% earn less than $86,200.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Subway Operators is expected to change by 10.0%, and there should be roughly 1,100 open positions for Subway Operators every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Subway Operator are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Subway Operators typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Subway Operators typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Subway Operator tend to value Support, Relationships, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Subway Operators strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Subway Operators strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Subway Operators moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Subway Operators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, stress tolerance, and self-control.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Subway Operators, ranked by importance:
Working as a Subway Operator usually requires a high school diploma.
Subway Operators need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Subway Operators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as transportation, public safety and security, or customer and personal service knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Subway Operators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Subway Operators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Subway Operators need abilities such as control precision, multilimb coordination, and reaction time in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Subway Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Subway Operators frequently use skills like operations monitoring, operation and control, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Subway Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
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