Transportation: Safety and Security

DISCOVER What's New in the Job Market

Transportation security and safety is critical to overall national security, and as an industry, has seen dramatic employment growth since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  This job market is projected to show further growth over the next 5-10 years, with future employment opportunities developing in the security administration of airports, train stations, shipping ports, and along the coastlines and national borders.

Market Information


Major US Transportation Safety Organizations


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Student Groups

  • Cal Poly Institute of Transportation Engineers - Cal Poly's student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers aims to educate and connect students to the transportation field. Student members explore opportunities within the field through industry presentations, social and community service events, and professional conferences.


Cal Poly Programs and Courses

  • CE 423 - Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • CE 488 - Engineering Risk Analysis
  • CE 525 - Airport Planning and Design
  • CE 526 - Transportation Safety
  • CRP 339 - Disaster-Resistant Sustainable Communities


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Professional Connections


Internship Opportunities

  • Department of Homeland Security: DHS offers a variety of prestigious scholarships, fellowships, internships and training opportunities to expose talented students to the broad national security mission.


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Example Job Titles

  • Air Safety Investigator
  • Customs and Border Protection Officer
  • Director of Safety
  • Marine Inspector
  • Mission Support Specialist
  • Naval Architect
  • Program Analyst
  • Risk Project Director
  • Security Specialist
  • Transportation Security Officer


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