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City & Regional Planning Aides

Also called: Community Planner, Planner, Planning Assistant, Planning Technician

What they do:
Compile data from various sources, such as maps, reports, and field and file investigations, for use by city planner in making planning studies.
On the job, you would:
  • Participate in and support team planning efforts.
  • Prepare reports, using statistics, charts, and graphs, to illustrate planning studies in areas such as population, land use, or zoning.
  • Research, compile, analyze and organize information from maps, reports, investigations, and books for use in reports and special projects.


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


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
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


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


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcInfo
Data base user interface and query software
  • dBASE
  • Land management databases
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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