Traffic Engineers

Traffic engineers, also known as transportation engineers, are a branch of civil engineers who study factors that influence traffic conditions on roads and streets, including street lighting, visibility, and location of signs and signals, entrances and exits, and the presence of sites such as factories or shopping malls. They use this information to design and implement plans and electronic systems that improve the flow of traffic. Traffic engineers are often assisted in their work by traffic technicians.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Transportation Engineers
Duties Study factors that influence traffic conditions on roads and streets; design and implement plans and electronic systems that improve the flow of traffic
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship or co-op recommended
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director of Transportation Department or Public Works
  • Traffic Engineer
  • Traffic Technician

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