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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Geography, Engineering

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States



Urban Transportation Planner

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  • In this document, students will read the job description and learn about the responsibilities and requirements for an urban transportation planner job, including a personal account of someone in the role.
  • Students will learn the career path taken by the individual highlighted and the average salary, degree requirements, skills needed, and responsibilities of urban transportation planners.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource is a comprehensive introduction to a career many students may not be familiar with.
  • The story of someone who found their passion after pursuing other degrees may comfort unsure students.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Some students may need the terms urban, soft skills, GIS, CAD, and others defined before reading.
  • Students may benefit from self-reflection to know what they may be looking for in a career.


  • After reading about this career, students can research how urban planners and city planners incorporate adaptation strategies to lessen the effects of climate change on cities.
  • Students can discuss what aspects of this career they like and what they are looking for that urban transportation planning may not have.
  • The interviewee says GIS (geographic information system) is a critical tool for urban transportation planning. Students can research and practice using GIS.
  • Students can act like urban transportation planners and discuss what problems E-bikes may cause and some things cities could implement as solutions.
Scientist Notes
This resource provides an overview of an Urban Transportation Planning career, including the skills and education needed. Brandon Gonzalez details his journey to become an Urban Transportation Planner along with his career path. The resource provides an overview of the urban transportation field and how it relates to other scientific areas, such as environmental science and climate change. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.9-10.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze how it is developed and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
      • RI.11-12.1 Accurately cite strong and thorough textual evidence, (e.g., via discussion, written response, etc.), to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferentially, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
  • Science
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
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