Traffic Guard

Direct vehicles to prevent crashes and keep traffic moving smoothly.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Traffic Guards do?

Traffic Guards make roads safe. They’re hired by governments and construction companies to keep the flow of traffic safe and organized.

One of the first things parents teach their children is to look both ways before they cross the street. Sometimes, however, the cars just keep on coming, at which point all you can do is stop looking and make a run for it, hoping the cars will stop as you dart from one side of the street to the other. Although people do it every day, that’s a dangerous way to get where you’re going. That’s where the Traffic Guard comes in.

When you’re a Traffic Guard, you’re easily identified by your neon orange or yellow vest. What you do depends on what type of Traffic Guard you are.

If you’re a Crossing Guard, for instance, you’re often positioned near schools and railroad crossings, where you help people safely cross the street by directing cars to stop for pedestrians. If you’re a Parking Guard, on the other hand, you’re typically positioned at the entrance to a stadium or shopping mall, helping motorists get in and out of the parking lot while also finding an empty parking spot. Finally, if you’re a Flagger, your job is directing motorists with signs and flags to help them avoid areas where construction, accidents, or traffic jams are taking place, which simultaneously protects construction crews and controls congestion in spots where there’s limited mobility.

Although you’re often called a “ Traffic Cop, ” you don’t have any authority to enforce traffic laws. Instead, you’re more like a human traffic light, telling people in cars and on foot where to go and when.

Should I be a Traffic Guard?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: School Traffic Guard, Subway Guard, Traffic Control Signaler, Traffic Cop, Train Gate Attendant, Train Gateman

    How to become a Traffic Guard

    Most Traffic Guards have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9caaaa&chl=no+college+%2896%25%29|certificate+%284%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,96,96
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