Traffic Reporter

Let drivers know about accidents and construction via radio or TV.

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Salary Range
$20,000 – $75,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Traffic Reporters do?

Traffic can wreak havoc on a morning or evening commute like no one’s business. In order to avoid sitting on an interstate-turned-parking lot, commuters turn to the expertise of a Traffic Reporter.

As a Traffic Reporter, you can work for a radio or television station, delivering traffic information and updates in order to improve people’s drive times. You let commuters know about accidents, construction, road closures, and backups—anything that might slow them down while traveling. In addition to giving the lowdown on traffic conditions, you suggest alternate routes to help them avoid the worst of the mess and get things moving faster.

The information you use in your reports comes from a few different sources. Especially in big cities, larger news stations can own helicopters that circle over major streets or thoroughfares during busy commuting times. These helicopters might come out during big accidents, and supply real-time footage of what is happening. They can also let you know how far backup goes and what the best alternative routes would be.

You can also rely on information and video feeds from specially-stationed cameras. These cameras are set up by your state’s transportation department, and broadcast live footage. This lets you get an overview of the problem areas, and give listeners or viewers a quick outline of what they can expect on their morning or evening ride.

Prepare for early mornings with this job as many Traffic Reporters start work at around 4 a.m.

Should I be a Traffic Reporter?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a Traffic Reporter

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