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Transportation Planners

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Transportation planners usually have four or more years of work-related experience. Some states also require that transportation planners be certified and licensed. Planners receive on-the-job training. The job requires strong knowledge of transportation principles and methods, engineering science and technology applications, and mathematics. Transportation planners collaborate with engineers and other professionals and also work with the public, so they must be able to write and speak in ways that others understand clearly. They must also have the ability to gather information from various sources, identify problems, and come up with solutions that make sense. Active listening, critical thinking, and decision-making skills are essential in this field.  

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