Flagger Job Description

WHAT DO FLAGGERS DO?

As much as you and I both want it to be, flaggers are not the nickname for professional flag football players. I don't think that job exists. And if it does, you'll see it here first, folks!

Flaggers are the people on construction sites who control traffic. They are the men and women along roads and highways who help traffic keep flowing through a construction zone, despite a shutdown of lanes. Flaggers often work in teams, with each person controlling the flow of traffic in a certain direction.

Flaggers need to stand on their feet for long periods of time and understand how to control traffic to the best of their ability. Flaggers may put out traffic cones and use signs and hand signals to communicate with motorists. Flaggers need to be confident enough to stand in front of cars, sometimes in blazing heat, sometimes in the middle of the night, to make sure that traffic is no more snarled than it has to be. And if motorists do not obey the signs, flaggers may record license plates to report to the police.

HOW MUCH DO FLAGGERS MAKE?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the median hourly income of flaggers and other construction laborers and helpers in 2010 was $13.66, which translates into $28,410 a year.

WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?

You can get started with a high school diploma or GED. Training will be done on the job.

JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Stamina: Flaggers are on their feet for long periods, often in adverse conditions.
  • Teamwork: Flaggers work on a team to keep traffic moving, and have to be able to work and communicate with others.
  • Communication: Flaggers need to speak to and understand bosses, co-workers and drivers during their work day.

THE FUTURE OF FLAGGERS

According to the BLS, jobs for construction laborers and helpers will grow 21% between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average for jobs.

 


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