Also known as Field Traffic Investigator, Traffic Analyst, Traffic Control Technician, Traffic Investigator, Traffic Signal Technician (TST), Traffic Survey Technician, Traffic Technician, Transportation Planning Technician, Transportation Technician
Also known as Field Traffic Investigator, Traffic Analyst, Traffic Control Technician
Traffic Technicians 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.
Traffic Technicians are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Traffic Technicians. More generally, Traffic Technicians are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Traffic Technician is $47,800, and the average salary is $53,140. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Traffic Technician salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Traffic Technicians earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Traffic Technicians earn less than $32,150 per year, 25% earn less than $37,550, 75% earn less than $65,010, and 90% earn less than $83,150.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Traffic Technicians is expected to change by 7.9%, and there should be roughly 1,100 open positions for Traffic Technicians every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Traffic Technician are usually higher in their Realistic and Investigative interests.
Traffic Technicians typically have very strong Realistic interests. 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.
Also, Traffic Technicians typically have moderate Investigative interests. 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.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Traffic Technician tend to value Independence, Support, and Relationships.
Most importantly, Traffic Technicians strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Second, Traffic Technicians moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Traffic Technicians moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Traffic Technicians must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, attention to detail, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Traffic Technicians, ranked by importance:
Traffic Technicians often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Traffic Technicians usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Traffic Technicians may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as transportation, computers and electronics, or public safety and security knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Traffic Technicians might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Traffic Technicians must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Traffic Technicians need abilities such as oral comprehension, oral expression, and problem sensitivity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Traffic Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Traffic Technicians frequently use skills like active listening, speaking, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Traffic Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
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