Work for a State DOT!


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Are you looking for a career where you’ll see your hard work actually make a difference in the world? Check out our video featuring Dave Huft. In an interview with Fast Forward, he gave us the 411 about the benefits of working for a state department of transportation (DOT).

There is a DOT in every state. What is a DOT? A DOT is a state government agency that oversees transportation in every form. For example, DOTs are in charge of building and repairing roads; installing and managing traffic signals; creating public transportation; and generally keeping the transportation system in working order.


David Huft, South Dakota Department of Transportation.

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Because keeping the transportation system safe and efficient is a big job, there are many different opportunities for the next generation of transportation professionals. And because DOTs are government agencies, they also provide competitive pay and great benefits.

Dave is the research manager at the South Dakota DOT. As a research expert, his job involves looking for ways to make transportation more efficient, affordable, and safe across the state. This could include finding better materials to build longer-lasting roads; implementing new technologies to reduce traffic congestion on highways or in cities; or finding ways to reduce traffic fatalities.

Dave said there are careers at a DOT for people interested in just about any aspect of transportation. This includes a variety of fields like environmental science, business and finance, city planning, construction, civil engineering, and many others.

The best part of working for a state DOT is that your work will have a positive impact on the lives of millions of people on a daily basis. You could be responsible for managing a new road construction project that will shorten the average commute time for thousands of people. You could also help manage a city’s public transportation system and provide transportation options for people without automobiles. How about working with state lawmakers to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on roads and highways?

To learn more visit the website for your state’s DOT.

And be sure to keep following Fast Forward for more on careers in the transportation industry!



Aaron Mack
Fast Forward: Volume 3 Issue 3 – Trucking & Logistics