Careers

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Sustainability has become a vital aspect of many different fields, and particularly in transportation. Graduates of the Master of Sustainable Transportation program often find this type of expertise makes them competitive for a wide variety of jobs and career paths. 

Solid Employment Prospects

The rapid growth of urban areas and their transportation systems has spurred a corresponding steady rise in job opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 7% increase in urban and regional planning jobs between 2020 and 2030.

Outstanding Earning Potential

According to the BLS, urban and regional planning jobs typically require a master’s degree. In 2020, the median annual salary for these positions was $75,950. Civil engineering, another field that includes aspects of sustainable transportation, is projected to grow by 8% between 2020 and 2030. In 2020, the median salary for civil engineers was $88,570.

Diverse Job Opportunities

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Graduates are not limited to careers in urban and regional planning, or to government transportation departments. Sustainability has become an important role in many corporate environments. In a 2018 report, the firm GreenBiz noted the increase in sustainability-related activity from the “margin to the mainstream” in the private sector.

 

Some of the job roles that our graduates have gone on to fill are: 

  • Urban and regional planners
  • Commuter services professionals
  • Transit/transportation planners
  • Logistics planners
  • Transportation engineers
  • Sustainability analyst/coordinator
  • Active transportation planner
  • Bicycle and pedestrian program planners
  • Environmental professionals
  • Elected officials and policymakers