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America’s freight railroads hire for jobs ranging from engineering and dispatching, to law enforcement, information technology, industrial development and more. Today’s freight rail employees are highly skilled professionals who are among the highest paid workers in the nation. Freight rail employee compensation, including benefits, averages $120,900 per year. With high wages and benefits, technical training, and professional growth opportunities, freight rail employees tend to stay in the industry for the entirety of their career and often have family railroad legacies that stretch back through generations.
BNSF Railway Fort Worth, TX
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Kansas City, MO
For more than a century, America’s freight railroads have been committed to honoring and hiring the men and women who have bravely served our nation. The freight rail industry makes hiring veterans a priority. Nearly one in five railroad employees have served in our nation’s military.
There is an attitude and skill set for railroad employees that overlaps greatly with those of military service men and women. Veterans are highly skilled professionals, known for their discipline, commitment, safety focus, and mission-oriented approach to teamwork—qualities uniquely suited for long and successful careers in the freight rail industry.
America’s Class I freight railroads have been recognized by ESGR for their long-standing commitment to support and hire guardsmen and women and reservists. On June 21, 2012, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) signed an official Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve on behalf of the association and freight rail industry and pledged to continue the industry’s tradition of extending veterans and service members competitive wage and benefits packages.
AAR, in collaboration with the nation’s major freight, intercity passenger, commuter railroads, and rail supply companies, are part of the White House Joining Forces initiative, a nationwide effort to recognize, honor, and support America’s veterans and military families.
From experience working with machinery and a focus on safety to conducting shifts in changing conditions, railroads provide career opportunities that allow veterans to smoothly transition from military service to private employment. In fact, military experience readily transfers to a variety of jobs at the railroads. America’s freight railroads are consistently honored for their military recruiting efforts and enhanced benefit programs for employees called to active duty. Many of the nation’s freight railroads have special military recruiting programs to assist veterans in their railroad job search.
In addition, AAR offers a job skills translator based on what railroads have learned over the years to help adapt resumes with military skills for civilian job opportunities.
Railroad Military Recruiting Programs
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AAR is the world’s leading railroad policy, research, and technology organization. AAR members include the Class I freight railroads of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as well as Amtrak. AAR is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
AAR offers a competitive salary and benefits package including:
The Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) is the railroad industry’s world-class rail research and testing facility. In state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and on 48 miles of test tracks, TTCI’s team of researchers, engineers and other experts work to improve the safety and efficiency of freight railroads in North America and the world. Located in Pueblo, Colo., TTCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the AAR.
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Railinc is the leading provider of information technology, related network operations and financial services, and near rail-timenetwork data to North America’s freight railroads. Railinc’s work helps railroads move valuable freight from one location to another, from whomever they serve to wherever they need to go. Named one of Triangle Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” in the internationally renowned Research Triangle, Railinc is headquartered in Cary, N.C.
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Association of American Railroads (AAR) is the world's leading railroad policy, research and technology organization.