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Life As an Urban & Regional Planner

Career Description Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

Urban & Regional Planner Responsibilities

  • Determine the effects of regulatory limitations on land use projects.
  • Advocate for sustainability to community groups, government agencies, the general public, or special interest groups.
  • Recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals.
  • Investigate property availability for purposes of development.
  • Identify opportunities or develop plans for sustainability projects or programs to improve energy efficiency, minimize pollution or waste, or restore natural systems.
  • Develop plans for public or alternative transportation systems for urban or regional locations to reduce carbon output associated with transportation.

What an Urban & Regional Planner Should Know

When polled, Urban and Regional Planners say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Types of Urban & Regional Planner Jobs

  • Neighborhood Planner
  • Sustainable Development Policy Analyst
  • Planner
  • Transportation Specialist
  • Regional Planner

Is There Going to be Demand for Urban and Regional Planners?

There were about 36,000 jobs for Urban and Regional Planners in 2016 (in the United States).

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 12.8% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,600 new jobs for Urban and Regional Planners by 2026. The BLS estimates 3,500 yearly job openings in this field per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Urban and Regional Planners in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Urban and Regional Planners are California, Texas, and Florida.

Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Wyoming, or South Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for Urban and Regional Planners

The average yearly salary of an Urban & Regional Planner ranges between $45,180 and $114,170. An Urban and Regional Planner median salary is $73,050.

Salary Ranges for Urban and Regional Planners

How much do Urban and Regional Planners make in each U.S. state?

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

District of Columbia

$110,100

California

$93,790

Alaska

$83,630

Massachusetts

$81,660

Oregon

$81,590

Nevada

$81,300

Washington

$81,250

Connecticut

$79,500

Maryland

$77,750

New York

$76,730

Hawaii

$76,230

Colorado

$75,610

Rhode Island

$74,510

Illinois

$74,420

New Jersey

$74,120

Virginia

$73,770

Minnesota

$73,330

Florida

$72,910

North Dakota

$72,310

Louisiana

$71,570

Missouri

$71,080

Arizona

$70,860

Ohio

$69,950

Wisconsin

$69,840

Texas

$69,070

Nebraska

$68,490

Maine

$67,730

Pennsylvania

$67,720

Utah

$67,660

Kansas

$67,370

North Carolina

$66,650

Iowa

$66,160

Michigan

$65,390

South Carolina

$64,700

Delaware

$64,120

Wyoming

$63,380

Oklahoma

$62,860

New Hampshire

$62,430

Idaho

$61,320

Vermont

$60,780

Georgia

$60,270

Tennessee

$60,030

New Mexico

$59,980

Alabama

$59,630

Montana

$58,600

Mississippi

$57,330

West Virginia

$57,170

Indiana

$56,800

South Dakota

$56,780

Arkansas

$53,750

Kentucky

$53,330

Tools & Technologies Used by Urban and Regional Planners

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Urban and Regional Planners:

  • Caliper TransCAD
  • Bentley MicroStation
  • Autodesk AutoCAD MAP3D
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • 3D urban simulation modeling software
  • Tangible Media Group Luminous Table
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • MultiGen Paradigm 3D GIS
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Computer aided design CAD software

Where Urban and Regional Planners Work

Urban & Regional Planner Sectors

Those interested in being an Urban and Regional Planner may also be interested in:

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References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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