Urban Planner Careers

Career Overview

Urban planners, also known as regional planners, are responsible for creating plans for the growth, use, and revitalization of land in communities including urban, suburban, and rural areas. They are mostly employed by affluent and large communities. They assist local governments deal with infrastructure, growth, zoning, community, and land issues. They can also help forecast future population needs.

Urban planners can also be called community and city planners. Urban planners are essential to help communities make important decisions about environmental issues like protecting sensitive areas and pollution control. They can also deal with social issues by planning for homeless shelters, schools, hospitals, parks, and community service centers.

Education Requirements

Master’s Degree

Program Recommendations:

Urban or Regional Planning
Urban Design
Environmental Planning

As of 2009, 67 colleges had accredited Master’s degree programs in this field through the Planning Accreditation Board, made up of 3 organizations: the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.


Architecture, law, earth sciences, demography, geography, economics, finance, health administration, and management.


Most states don’t require licensing for urban planners.

School Recommendations for Urban Planners:

Antoneli College
Brown Mackie College
Charter College
Herzing University
IntelliTec College

Employment Trends

Average Salary for surveyors in 2008: $59,810
Job Availability in 2008: 38,400
Projected Employment in 2018: 45,700

Related Jobs:

Architects, except landscape and naval
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Environmental engineers
Landscape architects
Market and survey researchers
Property, real estate, and community association managers
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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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