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With almost 200 job families in the rail industry, the A-Z provides a short description of the most common jobs found in the Australasian rail industry. Each job definition includes its job title, the main parts of the job, entrance requirements and necessary qualifications.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Officer

Uses an information system that utilises computer-based maps, generated from data collected in the field by photographs, 3-D laser scanners, and satellite. Relevant qualifications include associate degree or degree in spatial science. GIS professionals are often employed in the transport, construction and electricity industries.

Geotechnical Engineer

Identifies and solves problems involving soil, rock and groundwater, and design structures, in and below the ground. Requires a bachelor degree in engineering in a relevant discipline.

Graphic Designer

Works to a brief developing creative ideas, and choosing the appropriate media (eg. websites, magazines, exhibitions)and style to meet the rail client's objectives. You need creative flair, knowledge of industry software (eg. QuarkXPress, FreeHand, Illustrator, Photoshop, 3ds Max, Acrobat, Director, Dreamweaver and Flash) and a professional approach to time, costs and deadlines. A diploma of graphic design or other certificate qualification required.

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Guard

Provides customer service on trains, for example, operating doors, conducting security patrols and providing information to train users. No specific qualifications are required, but the Certificate III in Rail Operations - Guards, is desirable. Good communication and negotiation skills are required.