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Transport planner

Transport planners plan the growth and maintenance of rail, road and air networks.
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What does a transport planner do?

Transport planners plan the growth and maintenance of rail, road and air networks. This could be on a local, regional or national level. You’ll need to be a good problem solver with excellent analytical and maths skills. You’ll need to be able to balance the needs of a community with environmental factors when creating a transport plan. 


What do I need to do to become a transport planner?

You’ll need a degree in a related subject like civil engineering or environmental science, and a postgraduate qualification in transport planning. 

To get on a relevant degree, you usually need three A levels, with maths and/or physics preferable if you wish to take an engineering-based subject. You also need five GCSEs A-C including maths, English and science.

Depending on the subject, level 3 vocational qualifications (e.g. engineering) may be accepted – check with universities. 


Related skills

  • Problem solving
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Analytics
  • Interpersonal skills

Academic route

  • Usually three A levels, with maths and/or physics preferable if you want to take an engineering-based subject

Vocational route

  • Level 3 qualifications, e.g. engineering

Essential qualifications

  • Civil engineering degree
  • Or Environmental science degree
  • And Postgraduate qualification in transport planning

Desirable qualifications

  • A level maths

Where to find out more


Where could I be working?

You’ll mostly be working indoors, though your job may require site visits.  


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