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Urban and Regional Planner
“We've got a plan!”
Help local officials alleviate social, economic, and environmental problems by recommending locations for roads, schools, and other infrastructure and suggesting zoning regulations for private propert
The Job
Planners promote the best use of a community's land and resources for residential, commercial, institutional, and recreational purposes. They address environmental, economic, and social health issues of a community as it grows and changes.
Work Environment
Urban and regional planners often travel to inspect the features of land under consideration for development or regulation.
College Majors
master's degree from an accredited program in urban or regional planning
Minimum Qualifications
A master's degree from an accredited planning program provides the best training for a wide range of planning positions. Experience and acquiring and maintaining certification lead to the best opportunities for advancement.
Personality traits helpful for this career
They should be flexible and be able to reconcile different viewpoints and make constructive policy recommendations. The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is necessary for
Quick Facts
  • Local governments employ about 68 percent of urban and regional planners.
  • Most new jobs will be in affluent, rapidly growing communities.
  • Job prospects will be best for those with a master's degree and strong computer skills; bachelor's degree holders may find positions, but advancement opportunities are limited.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of urban and regional planners were $59,810 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $47,050 and $75,630. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,960, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $91,520.
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