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​Freight Railroads Continue Major Hiring Drive, Strong Focus on Veterans

Expected Annual and Veteran Hiring Set to Exceed Industry Projections


WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 10, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported that the nation's major freight railroads by the end of 2014 will have hired 45,000 people since 2012, including an estimated 9,900 men and women with military service.  Railroads are also on track to exceed the projected industry hiring target of 12,000 people in 2014, reporting they expect they will hire more than 17,000 this year.

"As America's economy continues to rebound, railroads are moving more, and adding capacity by hiring people and investing in infrastructure and equipment," said AAR President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger.  "The demand for moving freight by rail will continue to grow, and railroads are looking for good people to help them serve customers and power the nation's economy.  We're proud to say that history has shown us how the skills, dedication and discipline possessed by men and women in the military make them a perfect fit for railroading."

The rate at which freight railroads are hiring people with military service has allowed the industry to exceed its 2012 commitment under the White House Joining Forces Program to hire more than 5,000 veterans by the end of 2013.  At today's pace, nearly one-in-four of every new railroad hire has military service.  

"Railroads, like our military, are mission critical to the health and security of our nation," Hamberger said.  "Companies devote tremendous resources to training employees in often high-tech positions, and offer highly competitive compensation packages."  

According to the Surface Transportation Board, the major Class I freight railroads in September had more than 168,000 employees across the country. That's more total employment for class I railroads in any month since November of 2000.

Today, railroads are hiring for jobs located all across the country, in many different areas – from information technology, to diesel mechanics and electricians to train conductors and engineers.

To help anyone looking for a career at a railroad, AAR has resources on its website, including includes links to videos and profiles of rail employees with military service, job fair listings, job boards and websites where railroads are advertising their jobs, as well as the specific websites that railroads have developed to connect with men and women in the military. For more information, please visit:


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About AAR: The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is the world's leading railroad policy, research and technology organization focusing on the safety and productivity of rail carriers. AAR members include the major freight railroads of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter: AAR_FreightRail or Facebook: