Traffic Engineers


Employment Prospects


Traffic engineers are employed by federal, state, or local agencies or as private consultants by states, counties, towns, and even neighborhood groups. Many teach or engage in research in colleges and universities.

Starting Out

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) offers the online ITE Community networking site to members. It is an excellent way to build a professional network and learn about job openings. Additionally, student members can get their resumes published in the ITE Journal. The journal also lists jobs throughout the country. Most colleges also offer career services programs to help traffic engineering graduates locate their first jobs.

Advancement Prospects

Experienced traffic engineers may advance to become directors of transportation departments or directors of public works in civil service positions. A vast array of related employment in the transportation field is available for those engineers who pursue advanced or continuing education. Traffic engineers may specialize in transportation planning, public transportation (urban and intercity transit), airport engineering, highway engineering, harbor and port engineering, railway engineering, or urban and regional planning.

Tips for Entry

Visit for career resources and job listings.

Read ITE Journal and other publications (available at to learn more about the field.

Join the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) to access member-only training and networking resources, industry publications, and employment opportunities.

Attend the ITE's Technical Conference and Exhibit and Annual Meeting and Exhibit to make industry contacts and participate in continuing education classes.

Volunteer for ITE committees, special interest groups, and work groups to raise your profile and make networking contacts.