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 13 percent increase in urban and regional planning jobs between 2016 and 2026.
According to the BLS, these jobs typically require a master’s degree. In 2017, the median annual salary for these positions was $71,490. Civil engineering, another field that includes aspects of sustainable transportation, is projected to grow by 11 percent between 2016 and 2026, with a median salary of $84,770.
Graduates are not limited to careers in the fields noted above, or to government transportation departments. Sustainability has become an important role in many corporate environments — the firm GreenBiz noted in a 2016 report that sustainability-related headcount increased 46 percent across all organizations.
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
- Landscape architects
- Bicycle and pedestrian program planners
- Environmental professionals
- Elected officials and policymakers