Flagger Job

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Flagger Job

If you're looking for a career in the construction field that typically doesn't require much heavy lifting and has a career outlook that is growing faster than average, then you may want to point your career in the direction of traffic control or flagging.

Flagging & Traffic Control In a Nutshell

Flaggers are arguably one of the most important roles for commuters and construction workers on a job site. They are the eyes and ears of a busy, and potentially dangerous construction work zone. By using their hands, paddles, flags or light wand, traffic controllers safely and efficiently guide oncoming and exiting motorist and pedestrians as they pass through developing roads and highways.

Why Flaggers are needed

In construction sites where lanes are closed beyond the sight of a commuter, flaggers are placed at each end of the closed lanes, and in between, to safely guide traffic through construction sites or point them to alternate routes. Flaggers may also be called to work during power outages usually caused by storms or natural disasters to help guide and direct traffic.

How Flaggers Get the Job Done

Depending on the job site, distance, and time of day, flaggers are equipped with the following while on the job:

Reflective Safety Vest:  Flaggers are dressed in reflective gear to be seen by oncoming traffic.

Radios:  Radios and walkie-talkies are used by flaggers to communicate with each other and workers onsite for traffic clearance, job status and job requirements.

Traffic Signalers:  It's not uncommon to see flaggers using their hands to administer traffic, but more common than their hands, flaggers are often seen withStop&Slow paddles, flags and light wands and night. 

Types of Flaggers

Although it is considered the most popular and sought after flagging job, construction flagging is not the only flagging position. Other flagging jobs include:

  • Police Flagging
  • Maritime Flagging
  • Racecar Flagging


While on the Job

Flaggers are expected to pay close attention to details and stay alert all while making safety their number one priority. Keeping both motorist and workers safe may often result in flaggers performing other duties such as driving a pilot truck to lead motorist through longer construction sites and setting up taking down traffic cones amongst other things.

What It Takes

To become a flagger no prior education or experience is needed.  However, flaggers are required to be certified by their state and must have their license in their possession while performing their job.

Flaggers Toolbox


Required Education

Flagger Certification

Preferred Skills /Experience

Alert and Ability to Communicate Effectively

Tools on the Job

Paddles, Flags, Light Wand and Signs; Radio / Walkie-Talkie


Helmets, Reflective Vest, Steel Toed Boots


$17,000- $41,000

Work Conditions

Outdoors and Mostly Standing

Career Outlook

Expected to grow 25% faster than average through 2022