- knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
- maths knowledge
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- design skills and knowledge
- analytical thinking skills
- the ability to work well with others
- complex problem-solving skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- simulating transport problems using computer models
- analysing and interpreting data from transport studies
- forecasting the impact of new developments like shopping centres
- looking at schemes to manage traffic, like congestion charging or parking controls
- studying accident 'black spots' to design road safety improvements
- writing reports for funding bids and planning authorities
- acting as an expert witness during public enquiries
- promoting the benefits of public transport, cycling and walking to get around
You could work in an office or visit sites.
You could become a senior transport planner or traffic engineer. You might also move into town planning, policy development or environmental consultancy.
You may improve your career prospects by completing the Transport Planning Professional qualification, or by getting chartered status with a relevant professional body.
You can find out more about becoming a transport planner from the Transport Planning Society.