Transport Engineers plan and develop transport systems to improve infrastructure efficiency and the cost effectiveness of moving people and freight.
Assesses present and future travel flow patterns taking into account population increases and needs changes.
Designs the physical aspects of transportation systems such as highways, railroads, urban transit, air transportation, logistical supply systems and their terminals.
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Civil Engineering Professionals, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 89% of people employed as Transport Engineers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 23 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Transport Engineers||All Jobs Average|
Around 74% of Transport Engineers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - Inner
- Melbourne - West
- Melbourne - Inner East
- Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby
- Melbourne - South East.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Transport Engineers is 38 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 15% of the workforce. This is 33 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Transport Engineers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.8||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in civil engineering is needed to work as a Transport Engineer. Some workers have a postgraduate qualification.
Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Transport Engineers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||23.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.9||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Civil Engineering Professionals who have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and connect well with others.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Using maths to solve problems.
Reading work related information.
59%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
57%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Talking to others.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
55%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
55%Management of financial resources
Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
46%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
92%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
69%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
65%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
64%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
63%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
60%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
59%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
57%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
52%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
52%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
41%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
36%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Read and understand written information.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
59%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
55%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
See details that are far away.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
82%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
80%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
79%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
78%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
77%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
77%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
76%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
76%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
74%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
73%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
72%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
71%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
70%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
68%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
67%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
66%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
64%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
62%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
62%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
93%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
87%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work with people in a group or team.
84%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
82%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
79%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
78%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
77%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
75%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Work to strict deadlines.
74%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
72%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
72%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
62%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
61%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2051.01 - Transportation Engineers.