Urban and Regional Planners


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+11% (faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's degree


What Urban and Regional Planners Do

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

Other Job Titles Urban and Regional Planners May Have

City Planner, Community Development Planner, Community Planner, Development Technician, Housing Development Specialist, Neighborhood Planner, Planning Technician, Regional Planner, Urban Design Consultant, Zoning Technician

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Economic & Community Development Manager ,

March Joint Powers Authority

A great day for me would involve several meetings with our private partners, policymakers, community members, and educators where we are developing innovative ideas that can attract low-tech and hi-tech businesses to our region. I travel quite a bit to meet with potential business partners. I also do a lot of research on resources that we can use to develop career development solutions for our region.

Urban Planner ,

TST Inc, Consulting Engineers

There isnt a normal day of work for me. The typical things that I do every week in some fashion or another is: review subdivisions or commercial development, create maps in GIS, talk with Town residents on concerns, have meetings with current developers or future developers, research into new ordinances, meetings to discuss problems and items for the week.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Hold public meetings with government officials, social scientists, lawyers, developers, the public, or special interest groups to formulate, develop, or address issues regarding land use or community plans.
  • Design, promote, or administer government plans or policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, or transportation.
  • Advise planning officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, or possible alternatives.
  • Recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals.
  • Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community use.

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