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17-2051.01 - Transportation Engineers

Develop plans for surface transportation projects, according to established engineering standards and state or federal construction policy. Prepare designs, specifications, or estimates for transportation facilities. Plan modifications of existing streets, highways, or freeways to improve traffic flow.

Sample of reported job titles: Project Manager, Transportation Engineer, Traffic Operations Engineer

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
75   Core Design or prepare plans for new transportation systems or parts of systems, such as airports, commuter trains, highways, streets, bridges, drainage structures, or roadway lighting.
73   Core Investigate traffic problems and recommend methods to improve traffic flow or safety.
72   Core Check construction plans, design calculations, or cost estimations to ensure completeness, accuracy, or conformity to engineering standards or practices.
70   Core Prepare administrative, technical, or statistical reports on traffic-operation matters, such as accidents, safety measures, or pedestrian volume or practices.
70   Core Prepare project budgets, schedules, or specifications for labor or materials.
69   Core Evaluate traffic control devices or lighting systems to determine need for modification or expansion.
68   Core Evaluate transportation systems or traffic control devices or lighting systems to determine need for modification or expansion.
68   Core Estimate transportation project costs.
66   Core Model transportation scenarios to evaluate the impacts of activities such as new development or to identify possible solutions to transportation problems.
66   Core Confer with contractors, utility companies, or government agencies to discuss plans, specifications, or work schedules.
66   Core Plan alteration or modification of existing transportation structures to improve safety or function.
63   Core Participate in contract bidding, negotiation, or administration.
62   Core Review development plans to determine potential traffic impact.
60   Core Inspect completed transportation projects to ensure safety or compliance with applicable standards or regulations.
57   Core Present data, maps, or other information at construction-related public hearings or meetings.
54   Core Analyze environmental impact statements for transportation projects. Green Task Statement
63   Supplemental Prepare final project layout drawings that include details such as stress calculations.
52   Supplemental Supervise the maintenance or repair of transportation systems or system components.
50   Supplemental Investigate or test specific construction project materials to determine compliance to specifications or standards.
47   Supplemental Direct the surveying, staking, or laying-out of construction projects.
36   Supplemental Develop or assist in the development of transportation-related computer software or computer processes.
Not available Not available Design or engineer drainage, erosion, or sedimentation control systems for transportation projects. Green Task Statement
Not available Not available Design transportation systems or structures using sustainable materials or products, such as porous pavement or bioretention structures. Green Task Statement
Not available Not available 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. Green Task Statement
Not available Not available Evaluate construction project materials for compliance with environmental standards. Green Task Statement
Not available Not available Inspect completed transportation projects to ensure compliance with environmental regulations. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Desktop computers
Digital cameras
Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
Laser printers — Computer laser printers
Notebook computers — Laptop computers
Personal computers
Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment
Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems
Two way radios — Mobile radios

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Citilabs Cube; McTrans HCS+; SIDRA INTERSECTION; Trafficware SynchroGreen (see all 7 examples)
Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Bentley GEOPAK Civil Engineering Suite; Bentley Microstation; Trafficware SimTraffic (see all 6 examples)
Internet browser software — Web browser software
Map creation software — Bentley InRoads software; ESRI ArcGIS software
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software — Microsoft Project
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

See all T2 categories and examples

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
96   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.
92   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
92   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
83   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
73   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
71   Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
63   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
62   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
61   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.
57   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
57   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
56   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
47   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
46   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
45   Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
45   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.
41   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
36   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
35   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
33   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
26   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
25   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
25   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
24   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
23   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
17   History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
 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.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
75   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
72   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
72   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
69   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
69   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
69   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
66   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
66   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
63   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
63   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
63   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
60   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
56   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
53   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
53   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
53   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
50   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
50   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
50   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
50   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
47   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
47   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
47   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
47   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
41   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
41   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
35   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
28   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
28   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
28   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
16   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
13   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
72   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
72   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
72   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
72   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
72   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
69   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
69   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
69   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
69   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
66   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
66   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
66   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
63   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
63   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
63   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
63   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
56   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
53   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
47   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
47   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
41   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
38   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
38   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
38   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
38   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
31   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
28   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
28   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
19   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
16   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
10   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
10   Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
 Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
 Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
 Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
89   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
88   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
83   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
82   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
79   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Explain project details to the general public.
79   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
78   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
  • Evaluate technical data to determine effect on designs or plans.
78   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Evaluate plans or specifications to determine technological or environmental implications.
78   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
76   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Estimate operational costs.
73   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
72   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
71   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Create graphical representations of civil structures.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods.
  • Design civil structures or systems.
  • Design environmental control systems.
  • Determine operational criteria or specifications.
  • Develop software or computer applications.
  • Incorporate green features into the design of structures or facilities.
70   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
69   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
68   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
67   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
65   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
65   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Direct equipment maintenance or repair activities.
  • Direct surveying activities.
  • Prepare project budgets.
65   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Schedule operational activities.
63   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
62   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
62   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Prepare technical or operational reports.
62   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
61   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Advise others on health and safety issues.
60   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
56   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards.
  • Test characteristics of materials or structures.
56   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems.
54   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
53   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
51   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
51   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
49   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
45   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
24   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
20   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
18   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
17   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
15   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
15   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.
11   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


96     Every day
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


79     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


79     Every day
17     Once a week or more but not every day
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


83     Every day
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


42     Extremely important
50     Very important
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


38     Extremely important
58     Very important
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


33     Constant contact with others
54     Contact with others most of the time
13     Contact with others about half the time
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


38     Continually or almost continually
38     More than half the time
25     About half the time
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


48     More than 40 hours
52     40 hours
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


21     Every day
58     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Once a month or more but not every week
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?


29     Very important results
46     Important results
13     Moderate results
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


25     A lot of freedom
42     Some freedom
25     Limited freedom
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


17     A lot of freedom
50     Some freedom
33     Limited freedom
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


13     Extremely important
58     Very important
21     Important
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


17     Extremely important
48     Very important
26     Important
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


13     Every day
46     Once a week or more but not every day
42     Once a month or more but not every week
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


25     Every day
33     Once a week or more but not every day
21     Once a month or more but not every week
21     Once a year or more but not every month
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


67     High responsibility
17     Moderate responsibility
13     Limited responsibility
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


13     Extremely competitive
38     Highly competitive
38     Moderately competitive
13     Slightly competitive
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


21     Extremely serious
33     Very serious
21     Fairly serious
21     Not serious at all
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


29     Once a week or more but not every day
42     Once a month or more but not every week
17     Once a year or more but not every month
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


38     Very important
25     Important
21     Fairly important
13     Not important at all
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


21     Once a week or more but not every day
42     Once a month or more but not every week
33     Once a year or more but not every month
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


25     High responsibility
25     Moderate responsibility
29     Limited responsibility
17     No responsibility
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


58     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
38     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


17     Once a week or more but not every day
35     Once a month or more but not every week
43     Once a year or more but not every month
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


54     Once a month or more but not every week
42     Once a year or more but not every month
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


13     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
48     Once a year or more but not every month
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


25     Highly automated
17     Moderately automated
38     Slightly automated
21     Not at all automated
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


17     Once a week or more but not every day
25     Once a month or more but not every week
21     Once a year or more but not every month
33     Never
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


17     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
58     Once a year or more but not every month
13     Never
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


21     Once a week or more but not every day
33     Once a year or more but not every month
33     Never
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


13     Continually or almost continually
13     More than half the time
33     Less than half the time
42     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


29     Once a month or more but not every week
33     Once a year or more but not every month
29     Never
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


21     More than half the time
13     About half the time
29     Less than half the time
38     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


25     Once a month or more but not every week
54     Once a year or more but not every month
21     Never
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


13     About half the time
67     Less than half the time
21     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


17     Once a month or more but not every week
30     Once a year or more but not every month
48     Never
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


67     Less than half the time
29     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


13     Once a month or more but not every week
46     Once a year or more but not every month
42     Never
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


33     Once a year or more but not every month
54     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


13     Once a month or more but not every week
33     Once a year or more but not every month
54     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


29     Once a year or more but not every month
63     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


29     Once a year or more but not every month
63     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


38     Less than half the time
63     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


21     Less than half the time
75     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


26     Once a year or more but not every month
74     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


88     Not important at all
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


29     Once a year or more but not every month
71     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


17     Once a year or more but not every month
79     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


25     Less than half the time
75     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


13     Once a year or more but not every month
83     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


13     Once a year or more but not every month
83     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


17     Once a year or more but not every month
83     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


92     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


13     Less than half the time
88     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


96     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
92   Bachelor's degree
  Master's degree
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This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Transportation and Highway Engineering

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
95   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
83   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
45   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
39   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
17   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
93   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
91   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
89   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
79   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
77   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
75   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
70   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
69   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
68   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
68   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
68   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
66   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
65   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
60   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
54   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
47   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Extent
Work Value
72   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
72   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
72   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
67   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
67   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
50   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Civil Engineers.
Employment data collected from Civil Engineers.
Industry data collected from Civil Engineers.

Median wages (2013) $38.83 hourly, $80,770 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 273,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 120,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Civil Engineers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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