Transportation Planners
SOC: 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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
35,600 employed

Projected (2024):
34,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Planner
  • Planning Director
  • Seaport Planning Manager
  • Transit Planner
  • Transit Planning Director
  • Transportation Analyst
  • Transportation Consultant
  • Transportation Modeler
  • Transportation Planner

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Blueprint machines
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Bentley Microstation
  • Caliper TransCAD
  • Citilabs Cube
  • Crash Mapping Analysis Tool CMAT
  • Dowling Associates TRAFFIX
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Iteris Turbo Architecture
  • MapInfo software
  • McTrans HCS+
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software
  • Oracle software
  • Quadstone Paramics
  • Roundabout Delay RODEL
  • SAP software
  • SAS software
  • SPSS software
  • Strong Concepts TEAPAC
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Texas Transportation Institute TTI Progression Analysis and Signal System Evaluation Routine PASSER
  • Traffic signal software
  • TRL Software TRANSYT
  • Visual Solutions VisSIM
  • Web browser software

  • life physical and social science

    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220