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Occupation Profile for Traffic Technicians

Conduct field studies to determine traffic volume, speed, effectiveness of signals, adequacy of lighting, and other factors influencing traffic conditions, under direction of traffic engineer.

 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$37,140.00 Median Annual Wage 0 Average Job Openings Per Year
3.4 Average Unemployment Percentage 49.8 Percentage That Completed High School
7,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 42.7 Percentage That Had Some College
8,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 7.4 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

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Automatic Traffic Recorder Technician (ATR Technician)
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Engineering Aid
Engineering Planning Survey Technician
Engineering Technician
Field Traffic Data Technician
Field Traffic Investigator
GPS Analyst Technician (Global Positioning Systems Analyst Technician)
Planning Technician
Red Light Technician
Signal Engineer
Speed Zone Investigator
Survey Technician
Traffic Analyst
Traffic Control Technician
Traffic Designer
Traffic Engineer
Traffic Engineering Technician
Traffic Field Investigator
Traffic Inspector
Traffic Investigator
Traffic Monitor Specialist
Traffic Operations Engineer
Traffic Recorder Technician
Traffic Research Field Technician
Traffic Signal Technician (TST)
Traffic Systems Technician
Traffic Technician
Transportation Analyst
Transportation Planning Technician
Transportation Specialist
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Knowledge
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Supplemental — Establish procedures for street closures and for repair or construction projects.
  • Supplemental — Study factors affecting traffic conditions, such as lighting and sign and marking visibility, to assess their effectiveness.
  • Supplemental — Visit development and work sites to determine projects' effect on traffic and the adequacy of traffic control and safety plans, or to suggest traffic control measures.
  • Supplemental — Compute time settings for traffic signals and speed restrictions, using standard formulas.
  • Supplemental — Monitor street and utility projects for compliance to traffic control permit conditions.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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