Railway and Motor Transport Labourers

(NOC 7622)

in All Trades and Transportation

Railway and motor transport labourers do a variety of tasks to help track maintenance workers and railway yard workers, or motor transport operators. They work for railway transport companies and motor transport companies.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 4040 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 8425 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Railway and Motor Transport Labourers may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Also, a average portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

Hourly Pay

$13.35

Minimum

$15.00

Median

$22.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$18,644

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$15.00

Minimum

$24.00

Median

$37.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Railway and motor transport labourers do a variety of tasks to help track maintenance workers and railway yard workers, or motor transport operators. They work for railway transport companies and motor transport companies.

Job duties

Railway labourers:

  • Carry tools and equipment on push or hand car and do other duties to help railway track maintenance workers to lay, maintain and fix railway tracks.
  • Cut vegetation growth from railway tracks using scythes and mowers.
  • Check freight cars for physical damage and cleanliness.

Motor transport labourers:

  • Help truck and delivery drivers to load and unload vehicles.
  • Carry out labouring duties in warehouses.

Sample job titles

  • car checker - railway
  • delivery truck helper
  • furniture mover helper
  • mover helper
  • railway labourer
  • signal gang helper
  • swamper - truck transport
  • truck driver helper

Skills

  • You need good health, physical stamina, and strength. Agility, coordination, and a mechanical ability would be helpful. You must be able to take direction and be able to carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • Some high school is usually required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.

Other considerations

  • Railway labourers may move to railway track maintenance workers or railway yard workers with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

75

employed in 2016

66.7%

employed full-time

13.3%

self employed

13.3%
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86.7%
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50.7

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

50.0%

Cape Breton

N/A
21.4%

Halifax

N/A
14.3%

Southern

N/A
14.3%

Annapolis Valley

N/A

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

50.0%

Construction

50.0%

Retail trade

What is the age of Employment?

40.0%

55-64

27.0%

25-34

20.0%

15-24

13.0%

65+

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

40.0%

High school

N/A
26.7%

Less than high school

N/A
26.7%

Trade Certification

N/A
13.3%

College Diploma

N/A
13.3%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trade Certification

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

Adults without a high school diploma can contact the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) for tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL oversees adult education programs in Nova Scotia. NSSAL partners with the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to deliver programs. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Railway Association of Canada
Ottawa, ON

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.