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By Paul Plawin

"Careers For" beneficial properties: number of careers proven - from the most obvious to the imprecise, readers may be capable of discover careers that fit their pursuits; profession profiles - comprises entire task descriptions and wage levels; expert interviews - permit pupil to work out what jobs are quite like and what it took to get them; and confirmed directions - support scholars comprehend what it takes to get the task in their desires and the stairs to get there.

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If you want a job that keeps you rolling over the rails, you can become a locomotive engineer or conductor on a freight train or an Amtrak passenger train. Or, you can go after one of the passenger service jobs available on Amtrak trains and become a bartender, cook, waiter or waitress in the dining and bar cars, or a host or hostess on long-distance sleeper trains. The Life of a Railroader Engineers are the top brass on train trips. Because they're in the driver's seat, they must be thoroughly knowledgeable about the rail system, signals and terminals along the route, and be constantly aware of the condition and makeup of their train.

All state regulations must meet federal standards; some state rules are more stringent than the federal regulations. At the very least, all truck drivers must have a driver's license issued by the state where they live, and most employers also prefer drivers with a good driving record. In most cases tractor-trailer drivers are required to obtain a special commercial driver's license (CDL) from the state where they live. All truckers who haul hazardous materials must have a CDL. Page 19 To obtain the CDL, you must pass a knowledge test and demonstrate that you can operate a commercial truck safely.

Some take helpers along on long runs. Driving a tractor-trailer rig is a demanding job. There are a few more creature comforts in the cabs of the newest model than in older trucksmore comfortable seats, better ventilation, and improved cab design. However, driving for many hours at a Page 18 stretch, unloading cargo, staying on the go in bad weather, dealing with heavy traffic, and traversing mountains can take a toll on drivers' nerves and physical stamina. Drivers on long runs face boredom, loneliness, and fatigue.

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