Highway Commissioner

Direct highway projects for a state.

What does a Highway Commissioner do?

Keeping commerce and citizens moving, a highway commissioner oversees all aspects of highway transportation for a state. Managing the construction, planning, and assessment of transportation needs, you know where improvements must be made and how to solve current transportation-related deficits.

As a highway commissioner, you typically have a background in civil engineering, communications, human resource management, and business. Your extensive experience in civil engineering provides the necessary knowledge to make a proposed road design work. Your studies in the communications field allow you to convey the message. And your human resources skills assist with guiding the design engineers and urban planners you work with in the right direction.

Working with officials from the Federal Highway Administration, you strive to secure funding for highway projects in your state, which puts your business and negotiation skills to work. All 50 states compete for federal funding out of the same budget, meaning you must make your case clearly understood. Your efforts are rewarded with money for your state’s highway system.

As a leader in the transportation field, you also commit time to working with local elected officials, state government officials, and other dignitaries sharing your knowledge and expertise. Whether you’re lobbying for additional funding or working with local municipalities to find a solution to traffic problems, leadership skills are essential as well. Courses in group problem solving, strategic planning, and negotiation provide the perfect backdrop for these responsibilities.

Keeping people and goods moving safely on the highway is your ultimate goal; all of your other responsibilities as highway commissioner simply back that up.