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Transportation Planners

Outlook

Transportation planners will have good employment opportunities in the years to come. Faster than average employment growth is expected for life, physical, and social science occupations, including transportation planning. The Department of Labor projects 10 percent employment growth, which is faster than the average, through 2026. Urban and regional planners will have 13 percent employment growth, much faster than the average, in this same time frame. As the population continues to grow, new and improved transportation systems will be needed to keep people, goods, and resources moving efficiently and safely while reducing the negative effects on local communities and the environment. Local, city, and state government groups will continue to need transportation planners to analyze sites and transportation projects, assess the impacts on the environment, and determine measures for mitigation. Transportation planners with a master's degree, professional certification, strong technology skills, and several years of work experience will have an advantage in the job market.

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