Transportation Engineers

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Transportation engineers design the plans for transportation systems or parts of systems. They work on transportation projects for highways, streets, bridges, drainage structures, roadway lighting, as well as airports and commuter trains. They make sure transportation plans comply with engineering standards and state and federal construction policies. Engineers work closely with contractors, utility companies, and government agencies. The Department of Labor categorizes transportation engineers as civil engineers. In May 2017, there were approximately 298,910 civil engineers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Rail Engineers, Roadway Engineers, Traffic Engineers, Traffic Operations Engineers
Duties Design and improve on existing designs of transportation structures and facilities; prepare project budgets, work schedules, and specifications for transportation project labor and materials
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country, with many jobs located in Caifornia, Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Four or more years of experience; on-the-job training; internship
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Transportation Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer in Training