Skip navigation

Urban & Regional Planners

Also called: Planner, Community Development Planner, Planning Director, Neighborhood Planner

What they do:
Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
On the job, you would:
  • Hold public meetings with government officials, social scientists, lawyers, developers, the public, or special interest groups to formulate, develop, or address issues regarding land use or community plans.
  • Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community use.
  • Recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • history and archeology
Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Business
  • management
  • customer service
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Bentley MicroStation
Map creation software
  • Criterion Planners INDEX
  • ESRI ArcInfo
Analytical or scientific software
  • Citilabs TRANPLAN
  • ESRI What if?

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Find Training Find Certifications

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$65,230
per year, on average
Green
Check out my state Local Salary Info Find Jobs

Explore More

See more details at O*NET OnLine about urban and regional planners.