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Green Occupation:
17-2051.01 - Transportation Engineers

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green New & Emerging occupation — the impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of new occupations.

Transportation engineers work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Research, Design, and Consulting Services — This sector encompasses "indirect jobs" to the green economy which includes activities such as energy consulting or research and other related business services.
  • Transportation — This sector covers activities related to increasing efficiency and/or reducing environmental impact of various modes of transportation including trucking, mass transit, and freight rail.

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

  • Analyze environmental impact statements for transportation projects.
  • Design or engineer drainage, erosion, or sedimentation control systems for transportation projects.
  • Design transportation systems or structures using sustainable materials or products, such as porous pavement or bioretention structures.
  • Develop plans to deconstruct damaged or obsolete roadways or other transportation structures in a manner that is environmentally sound or prepares the land for sustainable development.
  • Evaluate construction project materials for compliance with environmental standards.
  • Inspect completed transportation projects to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.