(Sub-category of Urban and Regional Planning)
Main Topic: Places and Region
Secondary Topic: Human Geography
Overview: Transportation planner develops transportation plans and programs for a specific area, including the related economic, social, and environmental costs and benefits. This job helps in creating communities and accommodating population growth. Transportation planner is responsible for identifying transportation needs and issues, assessing the impact of services or systems, developing possible solutions for current and future needs and communicating with local authorities and the public. Important geographic knowledgeable includes zoning, land cover and land use. Remote sensing and GIS are crucial for this job. Physical geography knowledge regarding the climate and topography is also needed. Physical geography also helps in evaluating the landscape and potentially hazardous areas. Human geography provides transportation planner with the knowledge of socio-economic and demographic characteristics of the area (for determining transportation routes, public outreach, and location analysis).
Geographers at Work: Physical Geographers, Geographic Information Systems Specialists
Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Management, Quantitative Methods, Human Geography, Regional Geography, Qualitative Methods
Skills: Urban geography, transportation, location analysis, cartography and GIS, environmental assessment, working with census data, statistics.
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