Transport Analyst

South Africa’s transport system is vast and includes roads, railways, airports and harbours that contribute 9% to GDP. Efficient and functional networks for transport provide people with mobility, access to employment, resources, medical care, recreational activities, and support economic growth and development. Well-designed transport systems can also minimise environmental and social impacts and improve health and wellbeing. The analysis of transport systems supports the effective and sustainable means of moving people and goods and services across and between countries.

Transport analysts conduct studies in the use and operation of transport systems. They collect and analyse statistics and information such as traffic flow, crash statistics and air quality, for example. They develop transport models and simulations to predict future needs and opportunities for more efficient and effective operations. They can also develop safety plans by marking evacuation routes or ensure infrastructure is capable of handling heavy loads safely, for example.

Transport analysts can confer with government authorities, communities and engineers in the effective management of transport systems. They primarily work in an office environment but may need to travel to sites to assess transport functions or analyse disruptions.


Transport analysts require knowledge of varied transport infrastructure and regulations and practical mathematical and modelling ability, also benefitting from:

  • Critical problem-solving and analytical thinking
  • Superior organisation and data management skills
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills


Plan and advise on routing and control of transport systems

Compile and analyse data on the interrelated factors impacting the transport system

Review and evaluate environmental impact reports

Provide advice on urban and regional planning issues and proposals


B.Com., B.Com. (Hons), M.Com. in Logistics at SU, UJ and UNISA

B.Com., B.Com. (Hons), M.Com. in Transport Economics at NMU, NWU, SU, UJ and UNISA

Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Logistics and Transport Management at CUT, NMU and VUT


National, provincial and local government.

Logistics and transportation companies.

Private consultancies.

Research institutions.

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