Telegrapher

Operate telegraph keys or Teletype machines.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Telegraphers do?

Operates telegraph key, Teletype machine, or talks over telephone to transmit and receive train orders and messages: Records time and date messages were received or transmitted. Operates Teletype machine to transmit messages and train orders. Reads messages received and marks for distribution. Informs TRAIN DISPATCHER by telephone of departure of outbound trains from yard or terminal. Replaces rolls of Teletype paper in machine as required.


Should I be a Telegrapher?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Relay Telegrapher, Station Telegrapher, Telegraph and Teletype Operator, Telegraph Dispatcher, Telegraph Operator See More

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