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Urban and Regional Planners

Urban and Regional Planners
Quick Facts : Urban and Regional Planners*
2010 Median Pay$63,040
Entry Level EducationMaster's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201240,300
Job Outlook16% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change6,500

Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of land and often travel to development sites. They use planning to create communities, accommodate growth, or revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

What Urban and Regional Planners Do

  • Conduct field investigations to analyze factors affecting land use
  • Review site plans submitted by developers
  • Assess the feasibility of proposals and identify needed changes
  • Recommend whether proposals should be approved or denied
  • Present projects to planning officials and planning commissions

Work Environment

Nearly two-thirds of urban and regional planners worked in local government in 2010. Most planners work during normal business hours, but many also work evenings or weekends to attend meetings with planning commissions or neighborhood groups.
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Job Outlook

Employment of urban and regional planners is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020 .
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In May 2010, the average salary of urban and regional planners was $63,040 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Urban and Regional Planners

Most urban and regional planners have a master's degree from an accredited urban or regional planning program. In 2012, 73 colleges and universities offered an accredited master's degree program in planning.
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