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Traffic Technicians

Also called: Engineering Technician, Traffic Signal Technician (TST), Traffic Technician, Transportation Technician

What they do:
Conduct field studies to determine traffic volume, speed, effectiveness of signals, adequacy of lighting, and other factors influencing traffic conditions, under direction of traffic engineer.
On the job, you would:
  • Study traffic delays by noting times of delays, the numbers of vehicles affected, and vehicle speed through the delay area.
  • Interact with the public to answer traffic-related questions, respond to complaints or requests, or discuss traffic control ordinances, plans, policies, or procedures.
  • Prepare graphs, charts, diagrams, or other aids to illustrate observations or conclusions.


Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Dowling Associates TRAFFIX
  • Pd' Programming Intersection Magic
Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Trafficware SimTraffic
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software Hot Technology
  • ESRI ArcView


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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