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Transport modellers use specialist computer software to help with the design and development of transport models to forecast future usage, meaning potential problems can be predicted and avoided in advance.


Average salaries are in the region of £28,000.00 to £35,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Transport modellers use specialist computer software to help with the design and development of transport models to forecast future usage, meaning potential problems can be predicted and avoided in advance.

What they do

The working day

As a transport modeller you would be aware of common obstacles in transport and traffic designs. You would use cutting-edge technology and software to create innovative solutions to problems.

An understanding of environmental concerns is also important as models need to demonstrate that sustainability has been taken into account. Projects could be highly varied, covering road safety, public transport schedules and even how best to integrate pedestrianised areas into otherwise traffic-heavy locations.

Typical tasks include

  • Keeping up to date with current regulations and directives
  • Creating models using specialist software, such as SATURN, VISUM, Cube/Voyager, or EMME
  • Working within a team to find the most time and cost efficient solutions
  • Creating precise technical drawings
  • Updating databases with new information
  • Analysing models
  • Liaising between departments
  • Visiting locations to assess sites first hand

Hours & salary

  • Newly trained transport modellers can earn in the region of £22,000£28,000
  • Trained with experience transport modellers can earn in the region of £28,000£35,000
  • Senior, chartered or master transport modellers can earn in the region of £35,000£45,000
  • Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility
  • Salaries and career options improve with chartered status
  • Typically, transport modellers work around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm
  • It is uncommon for overnight or weekend work to apply but could in exceptional circumstances

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Qualifications & Training

As a specialist role, a BSc Honours Degree in engineering, construction or transport planning in England; the equivalent L6 NVQ / HNC in Wales, or the Scottish equivalent, will most likely be required. Some positions will require a Masters Degree as well, or chartered status with a relevant body.

However, experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered; for example, those with extensive experience in modelling software or in the field of transport management.

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Career trends and forecasts

1190 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 1190 construction professionals and technical staff per year (including sustainability specialists) between 2017 – 2021 according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in Wales.

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