Back in 2009, the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) within the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) developed a 10-minute video entitled “2009 Careers in Transit.” While the video now looks a little bit dated, there are still valuable nuggets. Public transportation has often been referred to as “an accidental occupation” because many people are not aware of the many wonderful and fulfilling career opportunities that exist in the field of transit. This video was designed for high school and university students who have yet to make up their minds on what field they will enter. It provides a preliminary glimpse of the kinds of jobs that are available, and stresses the “green” nature of transit as well as the extensive technology that is being utilized in all forms of transit systems. We hope it will increase your interest in exploring the possibility of working in the field of public transportation. Given the tremendous competition there will be for talent once the Boomer generation retires, the public transportation industry must compete for good applicants and increase its visibility as an employer of choice. We hope that this can serve as a tool for those who wish to help young people become aware of the many good paying, interesting, and community-oriented positions there are in a field that is sure to expand in the future.
Acknowledgments: Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL; U.S. DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA); Florida Department of Transportation; and CUTR’s Stephanie Lewis.