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Transportation Modeling Specialist

Transportation Modeling Specialist

Transportation Modeling Specialist


Main Topic: Environment and Society
Secondary Topic: Physical Geography 

Overview: A transportation modeling specialist examines large amounts of data and constructs models that solve complex transportation problems. Their work combines some of the traits of a transportation planner, an operations research analyst, and a mathematician. A transportation modeling specialist at the beginning of his or her career may perform the following job tasks: Formulate mathematical or simulation models of transportation problems, relating constants and variables, restrictions, alternatives, conflicting objectives and their numerical parametersPerform validation and testing of models to ensure adequacy and reformulate models as necessaryCollaborate with senior managers and decision makers to identify and solve a variety of transportation related problems and to clarify management objectivesInterpret data from traffic modeling software and incorporate into transportation modelsApply transportation methods, planning principles, standard industry and new evaluations and analysis to support the planning, design and implementation of transportation projectsDevelop knowledge of and familiarity using travel demand modeling and analysis, project-level alternatives analysis and traffic operations analysisDevelop professional experience using traffic forecasting software. 

Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Human Geographers 

Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Management, Quantitative Methods, Human Geography, Regional Geography, Qualitative Methods 

Skills: Environmental Management, Quantitative Methods, Regional Geography, GIS 

Occupation Group:  Transportation and Material Moving & Management

Learn more about Transportation Modeling Specialist from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes113071.htm

Written by Christopher Hinojosa