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Urban & Regional Planners

Also called: Community Development Planner, Planner, Planning Director, Urban Design Consultant

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.
  • Design, promote, or administer government plans or policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, or transportation.
  • Advise planning officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, or possible alternatives.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
  • management
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • geography


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
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


  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Persistence
  • Achievement/Effort


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
  • PlanGraphics Citywide GIS Utility
Analytical or scientific software
  • Citilabs TRANPLAN
  • ESRI What if?


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

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