about the job
Urban and regional planners develop land-use plans and programs for an area to help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
what they'll do
Urban and regional planners identify the needs of a community and develop short-, intermediate-, and long-term solutions for building or revitalizing a community. For example, they examine proposals for new schools to make sure they account for increased population, or manage the social and economic factors involved in developing a new park. They will also examine ways to make a community more attractive to businesses.
Urban and regional planners require a master’s degree from a program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board in order to qualify for most positions. While an undergraduate degree in any program could possibly be accepted for the master’s program, most people have a bachelors degree in urban and regional planning, economics, geography, political science, or environmental design.
all the other details
types of planners
Licenses, certifications, and registrations
what you'll make
The average salary is $71,490–$94,410 but will vary depending on experience and training.