Also known as Law Enforcement Officer, Patrol Man, Patrol Officer, Patrolman, Police Captain, Police Patrol Officer, Police Specialist, Railroad Police, Railroad Police Officer, Transit Police Officer
Also known as Law Enforcement Officer, Patrol Man, Patrol Officer
Patrol Officers protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.
Patrol Officers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Patrol Officers. More generally, Patrol Officers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Patrol Officer is $72,580, and the average salary is $71,000. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Patrol Officer salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Patrol Officers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Patrol Officers earn less than $44,520 per year, 25% earn less than $54,080, 75% earn less than $83,360, and 90% earn less than $99,050.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Patrol Officers is expected to change by 7.9%, and there should be roughly 300 open positions for Patrol Officers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Patrol Officer are usually higher in their Realistic, Enterprising, and Conventional interests.
Patrol Officers typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Patrol Officers typically have moderate Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Lastly, Patrol Officers typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Patrol Officer tend to value Relationships, Support, and Independence.
Most importantly, Patrol Officers strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Patrol Officers strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Patrol Officers strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Patrol Officers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as self-control, stress tolerance, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Patrol Officers, ranked by importance:
Patrol Officers often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Patrol Officers usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Patrol Officers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as public safety and security, law and government, or customer and personal service knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Patrol Officers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Patrol Officers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Patrol Officers need abilities such as problem sensitivity, oral comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Patrol Officers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Patrol Officers frequently use skills like active listening, speaking, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Patrol Officers, ranked by their relative importance.
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