If you take a walk down Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD), you may witness a chaotic scene of drilling, shouting workers, scaffolding and beeping of cement trucks. While this may look noisy and inconvenient, it is also the expensive renaissance of Sydney’s building boom. Thanks to this building boom, there is a huge demand for traffic controllers in Australia.
Projects worth $4.8 billion are under construction in the CBD, and $3.1 billion of approved projects are yet to commence and are scheduled to be completed by 2025. What does this mean? There will be an increasing demand for traffic controllers. According to the website, https://au.indeed.com/salaries/Traffic-Controller-Salaries, “The average salary for a traffic controller is $28.42 per hour in Australia.” This is subject to change depending on the city you are located. In one of his interviews, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) NWS State Secretary, Brian Parker, stated that some traffic controllers are paid $180,000 per year. He even justified the salary because they "stand outside all day in all sorts of weather and they cop abuse from the public".
The role of a traffic controller doesn’t necessarily demand a degree or experience in a similar field but aspirants would need to pass a test to get qualified. This does sound simple, but it is worth noting that only about 3 percent finish it correctly. Standing under the hot sun for hours at a stretch or battling the pouring rain can seem like challenges. But when the annual salary of a road traffic controller can go beyond the six figure mark, then being on your feet all day may appear to be a small price! This job does come with an attractive salary, and besides this you are also provided perks like travel allowance, meal allowance, paid site allowance and so forth. A traffic controller has the important responsibility of informing drivers when they must stop and wait and when they can drive through a construction zone; the job involves using a SLOW/STOP sign to control traffic while road repair work is in progress. To do this job, you must hold a valid Traffic Controller’s Photo License, which can be obtained by completing the Traffic Control training course.
Once again, thanks to the booming building industry in Australia, the number of female traffic controllers also seems to be surging. While it is difficult for traffic controllers to face road rage, perhaps a woman traffic controller can look calming to male drivers – thus helping to diffuse a situation! So all you women aspirants out there, just apply for a traffic controller’s job!