No one likes to get caught in a traffic jam. You could be the one to keep the traffic moving if you become a traffic analyst. Traffic analysts design transportation and distribution procedures to maximize delivery efficiency. Although the role may differ somewhat depending on the industry or organization, they typically conduct extensive research, analyses, and risk assessments, which help them create strategies and recommend solutions affecting traffic or distribution.
For government positions, traffic analysts will often review plans and traffic impact studies for commercial and residential subdivisions. Based on this information, they will then make recommendations for the flow and control of traffic and street lighting. In other organizations, traffic analysts may focus on logistics and perform duties, including analyzing freight movements and recommending improvements to the domestic and international logistics processes while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.
Traffic analysts should have the ability to multi-task and manage multiple high-priority projects. They should also have considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques of traffic data collection. To become a traffic analyst, you'll typically only need a high school diploma along with previous experience in traffic data collection and analysis. Some employers may prefer candidates with an Associate's degree.