Careers at CTA
Chicago Transit Authority employees keep nearly 1.6 million people in Chicago and 35 suburbs moving every weekday. This would not be possible without our skilled and dedicated workforce. Learn what qualities make a great CTA employee and find a career opportunity that matches your professional skill set and interests.
At CTA, we believe that the best way to accomplish our mission is to cultivate a diverse workforce that values being courteous, innovative, motivated, professional, reliable, and results-oriented. We are committed to giving our employees the support, training and clear standards and priorities to succeed in their positions.
We keep the city moving
Our employees are part of five major lines of business: maintenance, infrastructure, administration, operations, and technology. Meet a few of them and listen to their stories by clicking on their image below.
We offer competitive benefits that protect our employees and their families. Our total compensation package includes medical and dental insurance, a defined contribution pension plan, deferred compensation plans (401k and 457), paid holidays and vacation, long-term disability, an Employee Assistance Program, and free personal access to CTA and Pace transit systems, among other great benefits.
Ready to Come Aboard?
Explore our featured positions or select “all postings” for a complete list of career opportunities. New applicants or former employees should complete new applicant registration prior to applying. (Current employees should sign in with their employee credentials on the internal careers website.)
Important note for job applicants (6/21/2018)
We've recently updated our online job application system, which we hope makes finding available opportunities and applying a better, easier experience.
If you applied for a position before June 21, 2018 (when this upgrade occurred), no action is required on your part as our Human Resources team will continue to process pending applications accordingly.
The first time you log in since the upgrade was completed, you'll need to register and create a new profile—even if you'd done so in our old system, before.
Thank you for your interest in working with us!
Part Time Bus Operators
Interested in driving a bus for CTA? You can begin your career as a Part-Time Bus Operator.
We Value Our Veterans
CTA is committed to hiring qualified veterans. We value the leadership, intuition, technical skills, and dedication these men and women demonstrated while serving and can bring to our organization.
The Second Chance Program offers candidates with barriers to employment an opportunity with our Bus or Railcar Servicers groups. This valuable work experience may better position candidates for a meaningful full-time career. The Second Chance program is offered in partnership with the City of Chicago, the Department of Family and Support Services and social service agencies. To learn more about eligibility requirements and find contact information for social service agency partners, visit our Second Chance Program page.
Our paid internship program is open to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of academic backgrounds. Find opportunities that fit your field of study, including logistics, transit operations, engineering, technology management, planning and scheduling, human resources, and purchasing. Visit our Internship Program page for more information.
Legal Internship Program
Our paid legal internship program grants current law students the opportunity to practice law under the supervision and mentorship of a CTA attorney. Our legal interns have taken depositions, represented the agency in arbitrations, presented motions in court, researched and drafted legal memoranda, and reviewed contracts. visit our Legal Internship Program page for more information.
High School Cooperative Training Program (Co-Op)
Our paid Co-Op training program provides valuable work experience for bright and enthusiastic Chicago-area juniors and seniors through the following partnering agencies: Amandla Charter School, Glenwood Academy and Urban Alliance. Co-Op participants support department administration and are placed on special project teams. Visit our High School Co-Op Program page for more information.
The CTA complies with all federal and state laws forbidding discrimination and will attempt to provide a reasonable accommodation to otherwise qualified individuals to enable them to perform the essential functions of the job.
We’re an equal opportunity employer
Your gender, your religion, your sexual orientation, your skin color or your networks don’t make a difference here. The Chicago Transit Authority is a progressive and open-minded organization. If you are smart, innovative and committed, then come as you are. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.
Employment decisions at CTA are based on legitimate business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.
If you are an individual with a disability and are unable to use our online tools to search and apply for open positions, please email us for assistance, or contact us by calling 312-681-2225, option 6. Please be certain to indicate the specific assistance you require. If you are an applicant requesting a religious accommodation for the employment application or pre-hire process, please email the Equal Employment Opportunity Unit at EEODiversity@transitchicago.com.
See our EEO page for more information on our EEO Unit and our complete EEO policy.