What Do Traffic Technicians Do?
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. This occupation is expected to grow by 12% over the next few years, with 340 new jobs to be created. The largest employers for this occupation are state and local governments, with an additional 12% of workers finding employment with engineering services companies.
Traffic Technicians Skills and Abilities
Traffic Technicians have knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology used to design and produce various goods and services. They are familiar with design techniques used in the production of blueprints, drawings and models. They understand the principles of mass public transportation, including the relative costs and benefits. Traffic Technicians must be familiar with the relevant policies and procedures of public safety in order to protect people and property from harm. Since they do come into contact with the public, they must also be able to provide customer service and evaluate customer satisfaction. Some general skills that Traffic Technicians have are:
- Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to problems.
- Complex Problem Solving – Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Judgment and Decision Making – Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Operations Analysis – Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
- Systems Analysis – Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- Time Management – Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
Traffic Technicians Duties
Traffic Technicians gather and evaluate information and share it with supervisors and co-workers. This information is data related to traffic flow, accident rates, or proposed development to determine the most efficient methods to expedite traffic flow. Traffic Technicians must plan, design, and improve components of traffic control systems to accommodate current or projected traffic and to increase usability and efficiency. They are continuously keeping up-to-date with new technology and information, and using computer systems to process data. Some specific routine duties of Traffic Technicians are:
- Analyze traffic data.
- Arrange maintenance activities.
- Develop program goals or plans.
- Monitor surroundings to detect potential hazards.
- Plan work operations.
- Provide transportation information to passengers or customers.
- Record operational details of travel.
- Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
- Time vehicle speed or traffic-control equipment operation.
Traffic Technicians Tools and Technology
Traffic Technicians use computers, clock timers, digital cameras, drafting kits and electronic counters. They also make use of analytical, database, map creation and computer aided design software. Software that is specific to this work includes traffic signal and traffic control.
Education and Training for Traffic Technicians
Traffic Technicians typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent, and have no previous experience when they begin their first job. You will receive moderate term on the job training once you are hired.
Traffic Technicians Salary
The median salary for this occupation is just under $43,000. The bottom 10% of workers earns just over $27,000 and the top 10% make over $72,000. Nevada, California and New York pay the highest salaries, while the lowest paying positions are in the South.
Traffic Technicians Jobs by Geography
Mississippi, New Jersey and Massachusetts will have between 20% and 30% growth in jobs for this occupation. Oregon, Texas and Virginia will also have above the median growth, but the rest of the country is below the median and will show more modest growth.