No matter how sophisticated modern rail travel
can be…the trains still run on rails. So there are still jobs for rail track layers,
just as there were in the early days when the railroads opened up America’s west.
They go wherever on the system they’re needed, from the rail yard…to an underground tunnel
down the line. The rails may also be in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits and
mines. This is an entry-level job in the railroad system, with no previous work-related skill
required. Usually a high school diploma, physical strength, coordination and a good sense of
responsibility will get you started. Workers with low seniority can expect night and weekend
shifts. Sometimes you’re exposed to rain, wind and snow. And overtime might be required,
especially during emergencies. After all, you’re a part of the nation’s rail system;
the safety of passengers and the transport of goods rely on your careful, constant work.