"And the sons of pullman porters,--"Riding on the City of New Orleans"
and the sons of engineers
all ride their fathers' magic carpet made of steel."
Often, the same occupation is listed for many persons living in the same neighborhood or household; for example, in a hotel, many of the persons listed together are servants and laundry workers who may also live there--or who may be listed at their place of business. But persons living in someone else's household might be engaged in labor for the head of household (as a "servant," "butler," "coachman," or "laborer").
You'll note that some of the occupations listed above are not really occupations, but industries. The 1920 and 1930 censuses, however, list both occupation and industry!
According to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania,
"[r]ailroad Occupations Included in our Railroaders' Hall Plaques: Clerk, Switchman, Section Hand, Auditor, Architect, Superintendent, Inspector, Police Officer, Foreman, Machinist, Plumber, Purchasing Agent, Accountant, Barge Captain, Maintainer, Crossing Watchman, Mail Clerk, Train Director, Electrician, President, Coal Dock Operator, Supervisor of Material, Customer Service Manager, Boilermaker, Yardmaster, Hostler, Brakeman, Union Official, Rules Examiner, Dining Car Steward, Roundhouse Mechanic, Wreckmaster, Watchman, Power Director, Baggage Agent, Oiler, Blacksmith, Carpenter, Data Processing Clerk, Car Cleaner, Timekeeper, Lineman, Ash Cleaner, Laborer, Air Brake Inspector, Mechanical Engineer, Trainman, and many more."
The above information on occupations is from:
|[The Near South East's
"Oral History Form"]
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