Public Transportation Workforce Development: A Survey of Vocational and University Students
Posted on April, 4th 2017
Citation: Ripplinger, David, and Jill A. Hough. Public Transportation Workforce Development: A Survey of Vocational and University Students. No. DP-229. Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University, (2010).
Students from North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Moorhead were surveyed to identify attitudes and behaviors that impact their choice of academic major, internship, and career, as well as perceptions of careers in public transportation. Participants did not vary significantly by major. Overall, there was not a strong attitude towards internships or careers in transit and many of those that did report strong feelings leaned towards the negative. Internships and careers in public transportation were viewed as not providing opportunities to apply existing skills and were thought to be uninteresting and unchallenging intellectually. It is also believed that a career in transit would not provide opportunities to work with technology. Strategies to address these attitudes should be considered including educating students on the transportation industry and career opportunities.