The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) predicts that employment for most railroad transportation occupations, including signal mechanics, will decline through 2024. Despite this prediction, the DOL says that job opportunities will be favorable because a large number of workers in the railroad industry are reaching retirement age. Because of the increasingly complex circuitry involved in the signaling systems, signal maintainers with the strongest technical training will be in the greatest demand in the coming years.
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