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Transportation Planners
SOC Code: 19-3099.01

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

Sample of reported job titles: Planner, Planning Director, Seaport Planning Manager, Strategic Planning and Development Vice President, Traffic Engineering Director, Traffic Incident Management Manager, Transit Planning Director, Transit Planning Manager, Transportation Analyst, Transportation Planner

Tasks

  • 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.
  • Design transportation surveys to identify areas of public concern.
  • Interpret data from traffic modeling software, geographic information systems, or associated databases.
  • Prepare reports or recommendations on transportation planning.
  • Design new or improved transport infrastructure, such as junction improvements, pedestrian projects, bus facilities, or car parking areas.
  • Analyze information related to transportation, such as land use policies, environmental impact of projects, or long-range planning needs.
  • Collaborate with engineers to research, analyze, or resolve complex transportation design issues.
  • Evaluate transportation project needs or costs.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to develop sustainable transportation strategies at the local, regional, or national level.
  • Prepare necessary documents to obtain planned project approvals or permits.
  • Analyze information from traffic counting programs.
  • Develop computer models to address transportation planning issues.
  • Develop or test new methods or models of transportation analysis.
  • Prepare or review engineering studies or specifications.
  • Review development plans for transportation system effects, infrastructure requirements, or compliance with applicable transportation regulations.
  • Evaluate transportation-related consequences of federal or state legislative proposals.
  • Produce environmental documents, such as environmental assessments or environmental impact statements.
  • Direct urban traffic counting programs.
  • Represent jurisdictions in the legislative or administrative approval of land development projects.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Dowling Associates TRAFFIX; SAS ; Texas Transportation Institute TTI Progression Analysis and Signal System Evaluation Routine PASSER; TRL Software TRANSYT (see all 15 examples)
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD ; Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D ; Bentley Microstation ; Caliper TransCAD
  • Data base user interface and query software - Microsoft Access ; Structured query language SQL
  • Desktop publishing software - Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Development environment software - Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Document management software - Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - SAP
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator ; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Industrial control software - Traffic signal software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Map creation software - ESRI ArcGIS software ; ESRI ArcView; Geographic information system GIS software ; MapInfo
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - Microsoft Project ; Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Desktop computers
  • Digital image printers - Blueprint machines
  • Laser fax machine - Laser facsimile machines
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers - Photocopying equipment
  • Special purpose telephones - Multi-line telephone systems

Knowledge

  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Skills

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Interests

  • Interest code: ICR
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 58% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 83% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 50% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Contact With Others - 46% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 42% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Letters and Memos - 54% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 58% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 79% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 58% responded “40 hours.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 38% responded “Very important.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 33% responded “Very important.”
  • Time Pressure - 50% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 46% responded “Important results.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 46% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Level of Competition - 50% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
75%Bachelor's degree
25%Master's degree

Work Styles

  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $38.16 hourly, $79,370 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 42,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 4,200

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