Career Details for Transportation Planners

Transportation Planners

Also called:

Planner, Planning Director, Transportation Analyst, Transportation Planner

What they do:

Prepare studies for proposed transportation projects. Gather, compile, and analyze data. Study the use and operation of transportation systems. Develop transportation models or simulations.

On the job, you would:

  • Recommend transportation system improvements or projects, based on economic, population, land-use, or traffic projections.
  • Define regional or local transportation planning problems or priorities.
  • Participate in public meetings or hearings to explain planning proposals, to gather feedback from those affected by projects, or to achieve consensus on project designs.

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Transportation

  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Engineering and Technology

  • product and service development
  • design

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

pencil SKILLS

Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

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Verbal

  • communicate by speaking
  • read and understand what is written

Ideas and Logic

  • come up with lots of ideas
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Math

  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Leadership

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software

  • Dowling Associates TRAFFIX
  • SAS

Computer aided design CAD software

  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Bentley Microstation

Data base user interface and query software

  • Microsoft Access
  • Structured query language SQL

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bachelor's degree or
master's degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

outlook
BRIGHT

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

SALARY
$77,020


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.
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