Urban and Regional Planners

Regional Planners at Work

Urban and regional planners assist in the development and redevelopment of a city, metropolitan area, or region. They work to preserve historical buildings, protect the environment, and help manage a community's growth and change. Planners evaluate individual buildings and city blocks, and are also involved in the design of new subdivisions, neighborhoods, and even entire towns. There are approximately 35,480 urban and regional planners working in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Economic Development Planners, Historic Preservation Planners, Housing and Community Development Planners, Human Services Planners, International Development Planners, Transportation Planners, Urban Design Planners
Duties Develop growth and redevelopment plans for communities; work closely with government officials, developers, and others
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Government
  • Social Studies
Experience Several years’ experience required
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Information Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Planning Director or Consultant
  • Senior Planner
  • Planner
  • Planning Aide or Assistant