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Traffic Technicians - 53-6041.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Field Traffic Investigator
  • Traffic Analyst
  • Traffic Control Technician
  • Traffic Investigator
  • Traffic Signal Technician (TST)
  • Traffic Survey Technician
  • Traffic Technician
  • Transportation Planning Technician
  • Transportation Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Analyze data related to traffic flow, accident rates, or proposed development to determine the most efficient methods to expedite traffic flow.
  • Compute time settings for traffic signals or speed restrictions, using standard formulas.
  • Develop plans or long-range strategies for providing adequate parking space.
  • Establish procedures for street closures or for repair or construction projects.
  • Gather and compile data from hand count sheets, machine count tapes, or radar speed checks and code data for computer input.
  • Interact with the public to answer traffic-related questions, respond to complaints or requests, or discuss traffic control ordinances, plans, policies, or procedures.
  • Interview motorists about specific intersections or highways to gather road-condition information for use in planning.
  • Lay out pavement markings for striping crews.
  • Maintain or make minor adjustments or field repairs to equipment used in surveys, including the replacement of parts on traffic data gathering devices.
  • Measure and record the speed of vehicular traffic, using electrical timing devices or radar equipment.
  • Monitor street or utility projects for compliance to traffic control permit conditions.
  • Operate counters and record data to assess the volume, type, and movement of vehicular or pedestrian traffic at specified times.
  • Place and secure automatic counters, using power tools, and retrieve counters after counting periods end.
  • Plan, design, and improve components of traffic control systems to accommodate current or projected traffic and to increase usability and efficiency.
  • Prepare drawings of proposed signal installations or other control devices, using drafting instruments or computer-automated drafting equipment.
  • Prepare graphs, charts, diagrams, or other aids to illustrate observations or conclusions.
  • Prepare work orders for repair, maintenance, or changes in traffic systems.
  • Provide technical supervision regarding traffic control devices to other traffic technicians or laborers.
  • Provide traffic information, such as road conditions, to the public.
  • Review traffic control or barricade plans to issue permits for parades or other special events or for construction work that affects rights of way, providing assistance with plan preparation or revision, as necessary.
  • Study factors affecting traffic conditions, such as lighting or sign and marking visibility, to assess their effectiveness.
  • Study traffic delays by noting times of delays, the numbers of vehicles affected, and vehicle speed through the delay area.
  • Time stoplights or other delays, using stopwatches.
  • Visit development or work sites to determine projects' effect on traffic and the adequacy of traffic control and safety plans or to suggest traffic control measures.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Analyze traffic data.
  • Arrange maintenance activities.
  • Compile operational data.
  • Create images of data, locations, or products.
  • Develop program goals or plans.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Identify opportunities to improve operational efficiency.
  • Install metering equipment.
  • Interview employees, customers, or others to collect information.
  • Monitor surroundings to detect potential hazards.
  • Plan work operations.
  • Prepare drawings or diagrams of products or services.
  • Provide information to the general public.
  • Provide transportation information to passengers or customers.
  • Record operational details of travel.
  • Repair electronic equipment.
  • Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Time vehicle speed or traffic-control equipment operation.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Safety Inspector (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management and Collision Investigator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Traffic Technician