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Traffic Data Scientist/Statistician

Job Title:

Traffic Data Scientist / Statistician

Job Category:




☒Systems and Data Management

Minimum Years of Experience/Position Level:

0-5 Years/Entry-Level

Applicable to:






☒Toll Agency

General Summary of Position / Purpose of Position

The Traffic Data Scientist/Statistician is responsible for extracting, organizing, integrating, analyzing, and communicating information obtained from a variety of traffic and/or toll data sources.  The purpose of this role is to develop predictive analytics and performance measures, to enhance the planning process, and to enable data driven decision-making for the Transportation System Management and Operations (TSMO) Office.  The successful candidate will possess strong technical skills for grappling with big data, the ability to communicate with diverse groups of stakeholders to share information and provide guidance for technical decisions, and the curiosity to examine current practices and push the department toward new and better ways of thinking.  The overall vision is that the Traffic Data Scientist/Statistician will enable new approaches to solving traffic/transportation problems to improve safety, system efficiency and quality of life in our community.

Roles and Responsibilities

1.0 Technical

% of Time

  1. Leverage strong foundational analytical skills (e.g.programming, statistical analysis) to develop a data management and utilization work plan.
  2. Establish protocols and develop robust data sets through coordinated extraction and integration of multiple data sources.
  3. Support development and implementation of data management, data sharing, and data use policies and protocols.
  4. Manipulate and analyze big data to develop trends and summary statistics.
  5. Develop spatial databases (GIS) and relevant spatial analyses and statistics.
  6. Provide guidance to the organization with respect to structuring and preparing internal data sets for usage within GIS-based systems, as well as identifying and recommending public and/or commercial datasets.
  7. Effectively use GIS and other analytical tools such as Excel, SPSS/STATA, traffic simulation and signal timing software (e.g.VISSIM, CORSIM, Synchro), etc., to create information from data that can enhance decision-making.
  8. Participate on committees, task teams and in other groups as needed.
  9. Oversee lead team / group activity, documenting results and related presentations as necessary.
  10. Act as a technical advisor on the use of traffic engineering and intelligent transportation system (ITS) data, standards, policies and best practices to other departments, local governments, and agencies.
  11. Carry out geospatial duties.


2.0 Customer Service

% of Time

  1. Participate in meetings, on committees, task teams and other groups with internal and external customers to support TSMO interests and provide technical guidance related to traffic data/analysis.
  2. Provide accurate and timely responses to the public, contractors, and other department personnel.
  3. Promote good public relations with internal and external stakeholders while adhering to internal policies.
  4. Communicate effectively (strong written and verbal communication skills) and work well with team members from diverse technical backgrounds.


3.0 Project Management

% of Time

  1. Develop and manage data acquisition and analysis portions of consultant contracts and other types of agreements that support TSMO functions and/or relate to performance targets.
  2. Develop documentation for data acquisition and analysis in contract funding, request for proposal (RFP) and related documents, and participate on technical review committees (TRC).


4.0 Strategic Planning

% of Time

  1. Develop and implement data acquisition/use aspects of TSMO business and related plans to guide resource allocation and achieve unit performance targets.
  2. Collaborate with others in plan development, reporting plan results, linking performance targets to specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound, (SMART) objectives in staff expectations, identifying and making resource recommendations.
  3. Develop data-driven support to ensure funding and resources are utilized in the most cost effective and beneficial manner.
  4. Ensure the most current program elements, performance measures and functions are being implemented based on state of the art in traffic data science/management.


5.0 Other

% of Time

  1. Perform other duties as required.



☐High School Degree

☐Technical Degree/Associate Degree

☐Bachelor’s Degree in Related Field

☐Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering

☐Bachelor’s Degree in Computer science

☐Bachelor’s Degree in Business

☐Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental science

☒Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Economics, Statistics, or another Quantitative Field

☐Master’s Degree in Engineering

☐Master’s Degree in Engineering (preferred but not required)

☒Master’s Degree in Quantitative Field (preferred but not required)

☐PhD in Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field (preferred but not required)

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

☐Registered Engineer in Training

☐Registered Professional Engineer

☐Professional Traffic Operations Engineer

☐Certified Information Systems Security Professional