Environmental Planners

Environmental Planners in Meeting

Environmental planning is a relatively new field; it emerged in the 1970s in response to the environmental movement. Environmental planners are essentially urban planners who focus on sustainable development. They aim to use land in the most efficient way possible, incorporating green building technologies and renewable energy into designs and systems, and preserving ecosystems and environmentally sensitive areas. Planners help manage the growth of cities and ensure that planning designs and systems, such as for construction or transportation projects, are in compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations. Approximately 35,480 urban and regional planners are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Offer advice on using land in the most efficient manner possible; make sure that development plans comply with environmental laws and regulations
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Several years of experience in the environmental planning field as an assistant or in other positions
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Drawing/Design
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director, or Consultant, or College Professor
  • Senior Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Coordinator or Associate Environmental Planner