The possible impending situation in transportation professional supply, due largely to retirements in the 1980s and 1990s is discussed, and the ways in which the problem of professional turnover must be solved are discussed. Attention is directed to a Transportation Research Board special report: 'Transportation Professionals: Future Needs and Opportunities.' That study focused on professional needs of public agencies for both highway and transit operatiopns, and examined the current and projected supply of new graduates in civil engineering. The role of women and minorities was explored. The ways in which agencies can plan for the generational shift and avoid the crisis are listed. Today's challenge of rebuilding the infrastructure and the need to prepare the new professionals for this task is emphasized. Their education must allow flexibility, and state-of-art training is necessary for entry-level positions. Skills in computer science, engineering and communication will be essential. The professional should have a broad viewpoint of the field.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 14-15
  • Serial:
    • Transportation Builder
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: American Road & Transportation Builders Association
    • ISSN: 1043-4054

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00488932
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1989 12:00AM