Traffic Technician

Figure out how to manage traffic by gathering data with care.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$26,000 – $64,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Traffic Technicians do?

From New York to San Francisco, traffic flows through intersections, along construction and school zones, over mountains, across rivers, and on the interstate. Considering the sheer number of cars on the road, it’s amazing anyone reaches their destination. But they do—thanks to Traffic Engineers.

It’s the job of Traffic Engineers to make sure traffic does keep moving—in effective and efficient ways. And it’s the job of Traffic Technicians to help Traffic Engineers get it right.

As a Traffic Technician, you’re learning the ropes. Being the right, and sometimes the left, hand to Traffic Engineers and Civil Engineers puts you front and center in the entire process, from the planning to the opening ceremonies.

Much of your job as a Traffic Technician involves doing the legwork for the project. You go on site, witness the current use, take note of problem areas, and listen to the complaints of residents. Is the speed on the road too high? Does a curve in the road create a blind driveway? Would a median help with the flow of traffic?

To help you gather pertinent information, you set up equipment that takes readings and gathers data. For example, you might use a radar gun to calculate the average speeds of drivers in the area. You might also rely on cameras or traffic counters. With the information and your ideas in hand, you create reports so that Engineers can solve problems or design a system that makes the roads safer.

Should I be a Traffic Technician?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: ATR Technician, Automatic Traffic Recorder Technician, Data Collection Technician, Engineering Aid See More

    How to become a Traffic Technician

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