Transportation Planners

risk level
Based on 20 votes
by year 2032
or $42.74 per hour
as of 2022

Employment data isn't available specifically for this occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so we are using the data from Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other.


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Automation risk

13% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Persuasion

  • Negotiation

User poll

39% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 13% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Transportation Planners will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other' job openings is expected to rise 1.6% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other' was $88,900, or $42 per hour

'Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other' were paid 92.0% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 33,210 people employed as 'Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 4 thousand people are employed as 'Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other'.

Job description

Prepare studies for proposed transportation projects. Gather, compile, and analyze data. Study the use and operation of transportation systems. Develop transportation models or simulations.

SOC Code: 19-3099.01


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Khalid (Highly likely) says
I believe that transportation systems have developed dramatically in recent years. This is especially evident with the widespread use of navigational systems of all kinds by the average user.

In addition to this, systems applied in logistics services and vehicle movement control systems have also seen significant advancements. This makes the automation process very feasible.

The system receives customer requests, assembles, and sorts them for transfer. The vehicles used for this transfer are also automated and do not require a driver.
Jul 09, 2022 at 10:35 PM
Quinn (No chance) says
Robots could never handle the hordes of zealous amateur transportation planners ready to tell you why every project is planned or designed wrong and how they could do it so much better.
May 20, 2022 at 04:14 PM

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