It is likely that some of the nation's transportation agencies will face a shortage of trained professionals during the next decade. Many of the professionals now working in transportation agencies in federal, state, and local governments were hired shortly after World War II, when the economy was booming and many transportation activities were expanding rapidly. The past decade, by contrast, has brought budget freezes and reductions in force to many agencies, some of which did little professional hiring during this time. As a result, many agencies face a disproportionate surge in retirements during the coming decade. Alarmed at this prospect, the U.S. Congress included a provision in the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 directing the Transportation Research Board to perform a study of the future needs for transportation professionals at all levels of government. The report of the study committee, summarized in this article, will be released by TRB this spring under the title Special Report 207: Transportation Professionals: Future Needs and Opportunities.

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 20-24
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 117
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00395857
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2004 2:31AM