Urban and Regional Planners

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 35,940 urban and regional planners working in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Develop growth and redevelopment plans for communities; work closely with government officials, developers, and others
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
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Government
  • Social Studies
Experience Several years’ experience required
  • Information Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Planning Director or Consultant
  • Senior Planner
  • Planner
  • Planning Aide or Assistant

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