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Why is a railroad train dispatcher so stressful?

Someone told me that it was more stressful than an air traffic controller position, which I read was in the top ten jobs that have the highest suicide rates due to stress and others. So fill me in if you have any info.

Asked By: Cody B - 10/15/2012
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It's not near as stressful as it used to be. These days the major railroads have computerized dispatching. It makes the job much easier than it used to be in the days when they had to issue train orders to telegraphers along the trains route. Now it's all on a computer screen and there are fail safes in place to... More
Answered By: Andy - 10/15/2012
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Andy is right in that computerized dispatching makes the job easier over the old "Train Orders" type of train traffic coordination. The trade off is that now dispatchers have more area and more trains, because of the computers. I had a girlfriend who was a Dispatcher a few years back. It can be stressful, but we must... More
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Answered By: Derail - 10/16/2012
 
Derail hit the nail on the head... More
Answered By: Samurai Hoghead - 10/16/2012
 
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