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Job Description

Transport Planners are involved in the design and creation of transport networks, this includes air flight routes, sea shipping routes as well as rail and road. They will plan and advise on new systems and improvements to the existing ones, taking in to consideration issues such as climate change, the economy and the environment.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need a degree in civil engineering, economics, environmental science, or geography followed by a master’s qualification in transport planning. 

Some employers may accept degree subjects like business studies or social sciences.

You could start as a transport planning assistant if you have an HNC or HND in a similar subject area, or relevant work experience.

The Transport Planning Society (TPS) has more information on becoming a transport planner.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become a senior transport planner or traffic engineer. 

You could also move into town planning, policy development, or consultancy.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Car fleet manager
  • Freight forwarder
  • Tram driver

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Good problem solving and analytical abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good report writing and presentation skills
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Good at project management
  • A good overall understanding of transport issues

Starting Salary

£22,000 to £50,000

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