Crossing Guards

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About the Job

Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.

It is also Called

  • Train Gateman
  • Train Gate Attendant
  • Traffic Attendant
  • Subway Guard
  • Substitute Crossing Guard
  • School Traffic Supervisor
  • School Traffic Guard
  • School Crossing Guard Supervisor
  • School Crossing Guard
  • School Aide
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What They Do

  • Inform drivers of detour routes through construction sites.
  • Discuss traffic routing plans and control point locations with superiors.
  • Learn the location and purpose of street traffic signs within assigned patrol areas.
  • Stop speeding vehicles to warn drivers of traffic laws.
  • Distribute traffic control signs and markers at designated points.
  • Record license numbers of vehicles disregarding traffic signals, and report infractions to appropriate authorities.
  • Report unsafe behavior of children to school officials.
  • Direct traffic movement or warn of hazards, using signs, flags, lanterns, and hand signals.
  • Communicate traffic and crossing rules and other information to students and adults.
  • Monitor traffic flow to locate safe gaps through which pedestrians can cross streets.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SER.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Enterprising and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $27,880 with most people making between $17,380 and $43,140


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 5,580 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 5,770 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 19 openings due to growth and about 101 replacement openings for approximately 120 total annual openings.

Pennsylvania Department of Education