Career Details for Subway & Streetcar Operators

Subway & Streetcar Operators

Also called:

Combined Rail Operator, Light Rail Operator, Rail Operator, Train Operator

What they do:

Operate subway or elevated suburban trains with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar, to transport passengers. May handle fares.

On the job, you would:

  • Operate controls to open and close transit vehicle doors.
  • Drive and control rail-guided public transportation, such as subways, elevated trains, and electric-powered streetcars, trams, or trolleys, to transport passengers.
  • Monitor lights indicating obstructions or other trains ahead and watch for car and truck traffic at crossings to stay alert to potential hazards.

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  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security


  • customer service

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

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Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Controlled Movement

  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down

Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Hearing and Speech

  • pay attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds
  • speak clearly


  • communicate by speaking


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:


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high school diploma/GED or
some college usually needed

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New job opportunities are less likely in the future.


per year, on average
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