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Transportation Technology Careers: 2005

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.489.1 - 1.489.11

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Clifford Bragdon

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Carl Berkowitz

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-. Transportation Technology Careers: 2005 Clifford Bragdon, Carl Berkowitz Dowling College

Abstract This paper’s purpose is to assist in developing a deeper understanding of the future educational and training needs of the transportation industry. This paper explores the significant transportation industry career opportunities and new job descriptions for the 21st century and focuses on emerging careers in five areas of transportation: highway, rail, transit air and maritime. The needs and opportunities for well-trained transportation engineers, technologist, specialists and managers are examined.

The paper investigates the new career opportunities that will emerge for transportation technologists by the year 2005 and that these new career opportunities will require higher levels of education and offer significant new challenges for college graduates. Convergence in technology and information changes in the business environment and markets, new government regulations and spending levels are explored as they affect transportation industry careers.

The paper explores the significant career opportunities that will appear, in which a broad range of new technologies are successfully introduced that span all transportation areas and provide enhanced connectivity; and that new jobs will emerge as: new information systems and networks are implemented, new intermodal services are provided, public transit grows, greater attention is given to system management, and many traditional jobs are replaced by new ones that require advanced technical skills and business practices.

Background Transportation is a vital component of the life-support system of industrial and post-industrial societies and is an essential element for the development of nations. It is a major factor in assuring a favorable quality of life, health, social and economic well-being and national security. The transportation system is also the key to mobility and for the eftlcient movement of people, goods, services, resources and information. Every sector of the economy depends upon efficient transportation. Transportation consistently ranks as a top factor in determining site location for economic development and is the life line for economic survival in a mobile-based world.

A successful transportation system is dependent upon people with the knowledge and skill to direct the movement of people, goods, services, resources and information. It is an industry that requires dedicated, technical y trained specialists with keen administrative and managerial skills. Persons with such training and experience will be in constant demand and this need will continue to grow indefinitely.

Introduction This paper is intended to assist in developing a deeper understanding of the future educational and training needs of the transportation industry. Education is a building block of our society. The need for well-trained transportation specialists and managers has never been greater. New opportunities are arising. Cooperative efforts between the United States, Canada, and Mexico (NAFTA) will boost transportation activities in the future.

The Federal Aviation Administration forecasts airline trafilc to gmw from 501 million revenue passenger enplanements in 1992 to 900 million in the year 2005. The Boeing Aim-aft Chmpany estimates that $234 billion in new aircraft will be needed by 2005.

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Bragdon, C., & Berkowitz, C. (1996, June), Transportation Technology Careers: 2005 Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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