Summer is here and we know all of our readers are thinking one thing – how can I get my hands on some more work? Well, lucky for you, our New Jersey correspondent returns with another installment in the Link Dump series – this time discussing various summer jobs one could pick up if they just got off their ass and tried a little bit harder. So, without further delay, this week’s Link Dump:
Our readers are industrious people – not just idly perusing rail and transit advocacy web sites – but also looking for revenue-producing jobs. Luckily, our friends at Forbes have pulled together a list of summer jobs. The jobs include activities like caddying and lifeguarding but, given that most of our readers would like to divert their energy towards a job in rail or transit, I have compiled a list of five possible jobs for ratpag readers.
1. US Secretary of Transportation
Now, of course, given that we are interested in rail and transit, an obvious job would be the Secretary of Transportation. Our current transportation secretary, Anthony Foxx, has been on the job for about a year and he has been more visible in recent weeks. For example, he severely admonished General Motors by fining them $35 million for ignoring a defect that killed 13 people. Surely that fine has caused the auto industry to be extra vigilant when it comes to ensuring drivers’ safety; acting with constant concern for the severe discipline Foxx may impose if the imperil the driving public’s safety again. Alas, Secretary of Transportation is not open as a summer job this year, but other positions look promising in the world of transportation.
2. Texas State Legislator
Salary: $35,400/two-year term
Perhaps our readers would like to be a highly respected elected official. They could try to land a job as a Texas State Legislator! State legislators have a great amount of control over the rail and transit system and make important decisions about transportation policy. In Texas, they are trying to ensure that money from the transportation fund is actually spent on transportation. So that’s something!
3. US Supreme Court Justice
Maybe our readers would like to “legislate from the bench.” They could aim for a job on the US Supreme Court, as they will be deliberating important cases on transportation issues. At ratpag, you have already covered the interesting legal debates about the American and Canadian high courts. Presently, the court is hearing a case brought by a whistle-blowing air marshal. Wouldn’t it be great if a ratpag reader could be on the court deciding that case?!
4. TSA Agent
Salary: $17,254 – $157,100 (!)
Perhaps a high-level type job is too intense for some of our readers and they would like to find a rail or transit related job that is closer to the public. A job as a TSA agent would provide that. Airports are exciting hubs of culture and activity. People exercise at the airport and they conduct important business at the airport. Airports are so important that cities are implementing new ways to travel to the airports. A job as a TSA agent would provide an inside view of all this exciting activity – and more!
5. Graphic Designer
While most ratpag readers have an encyclopedic knowledge of the rail and transit system, a lot of the riding public must rely on maps to determine where to go. The Amtrak system map didn’t draw itself! With all the upcoming changes to the transit system, new maps will be needed. The route of the Southwest Chief is in flux and in Colorado rockslides are forcing Amtrak trains to go a different way. The Twin Cities in Minnesota are expanding their transit system. Commuters in Sacramento are switching from cars to transit, which could eventually cause routes to be added. A graphic designer will need to make new maps for these changes to the transit network!