Transportation Planners

Transportation Planner Reveals Roadway Plan

Transportation planners study transportation systems and make recommendations for improvements to existing systems or for new projects. They gather and analyze data, identify transportation planning problems and priorities, and make recommendations for solutions based on population, land-use, traffic, and economic projections. Transportation planners work for local, city, and state government organizations, and for public transport companies, as employees or contractors. Transportation planners are a type of urban and regional planner. There are about 35,310 urban and regional planners employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Seaport Planning Manager, Transit Planning Director, Transit Planning Manager
Duties Research, analyze, and make recommendations for improved transportation systems or new transportation systems projects; design transportation surveys; attend public meetings or hearings
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 metropolitan areas in California, Texas, Washington, Florida, and New York
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Mathematics
Experience Four or more years experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Math
  • Organizational
  • Research
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Transportation Planning Director
  • Transportation Planner
  • Transportation Analyst