Learn about the types of people who become rail transportation workers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a rail transportation worker. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More men than women are interested in becoming rail transportation workers at a ratio of 3.42 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2023
16% of rail transportation workers are female and 84% are male.
Gender Bias, 2023
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a rail transportation worker and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a rail transportation worker and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are more women interested in becoming a rail transportation worker than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of rail transportation workers are White, making up 76% of the population. The next highest segments are Other and Black or African American, making up 8% and 8% respectively.