Traffic Engineer

Traffic engineers who are sometimes called “transportation engineers” are in charge of the design and maintenance of roads and highway systems. They determine what roads are needed in order to ensure an even flow of traffic. In addition they keep abreast of road maintenance needs and they also design parking plans as well as toll collection systems. In addition they determine the best placement for highway rest stops and the best locations for highway exits. Traffic engineers spend much of their time working in offices where they analyze data regarding the need for roads and highways including figures on expected usage. They write reports and proposals for government officials numerating the cost of new roads and highways and the ideal schedules for necessary maintenance. However not all their work is indoors because they spend time outside checking roads investigating accidents and observing traffic flow not only from the ground but also observing from helicopters. Traffic engineers are employed by city county state governments but some work for the federal highway agency. In addition they can work for private consulting firms or for educational institutions. According to the website aspiring traffic engineers need to earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering preferably with courses such as statistics city planning economics physics and computer aided design. There should be ample jobs for traffic engineers in the coming years because of urban sprawl with the accompanying need to improve road systems as well as the trend to design technology that will be used to collect tolls. However having a graduate degree could make job applicants more marketable. The median annual salary for this type of career is approximately $64300.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $64300
High Salary: $74300
Low Salary: $54300
Tasks: Designs roads and highways.
Analyzes traffic patterns.
Determines the impact of road construction.
Prepares traffic plans.
Also Called: Transportation Engineer
Highway Engineer
Civil Engineer
Licensed Professional Engineer
Additional Resources: