Urban and Regional Planners
SOC: 19-3051.00


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
38,000 employed

Projected (2024):
40,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • City Designer
  • City Planner
  • City Planning Engineer
  • Community Development Director
  • Community Development Planner
  • Community Planner
  • Developer Advocate
  • Economic Developer
  • Housing Development Specialist
  • Housing Grant Analyst
  • Master Planner
  • Neighborhood Planner
  • Planner
  • Planning Director
  • Program Services Planner
  • Regional Facilities Specialist
  • Regional Planner
  • Sustainable Communities Designer
  • Sustainable Development Policy Analyst
  • Traffic Expert
  • Transportation Analyst
  • Transportation Consultant
  • Urban Design Consultant
  • Urban Planner
  • Urban Renewal Manager

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Design, promote, or administer government plans or policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, or transportation.
  • Recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals.
  • Create, prepare, or requisition graphic or narrative reports on land use data, including land area maps overlaid with geographic variables such as population density.
  • Advise planning officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, or possible alternatives.
  • Conduct field investigations, surveys, impact studies, or other research to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory, or physical factors affecting land use.
  • Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community use.
  • Keep informed about economic or legal issues involved in zoning codes, building codes, or environmental regulations.
  • Mediate community disputes or assist in developing alternative plans or recommendations for programs or projects.
  • Coordinate work with economic consultants or architects during the formulation of plans or the design of large pieces of infrastructure.
  • Review and evaluate environmental impact reports pertaining to private or public planning projects or programs.
  • Supervise or coordinate the work of urban planning technicians or technologists.
  • 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.
  • Advocate for sustainability to community groups, government agencies, the general public, or special interest groups.
  • Develop plans for public or alternative transportation systems for urban or regional locations to reduce carbon output associated with transportation.
  • Evaluate proposals for infrastructure projects or other development for environmental impact or sustainability.
  • Identify opportunities or develop plans for sustainability projects or programs to improve energy efficiency, minimize pollution or waste, or restore natural systems.
  • Determine the effects of regulatory limitations on land use projects.
  • Assess the feasibility of land use proposals and identify necessary changes.
  • Investigate property availability for purposes of development.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Laser printers
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • 3D urban simulation modeling software
  • Accela KIVA DMS
  • Accela PERMITS Plus
  • Accela Tidemark Advantage
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Freehand
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Arc software
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design
  • Autodesk AutoCAD MAP3D
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Bentley MicroStation
  • Caliper TransCAD
  • Citilabs TRANPLAN
  • CommunityViz
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Criterion Planners INDEX
  • Data mining software
  • Database software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • e-on software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcInfo
  • ESRI ArcView
  • ESRI software
  • ESRI What if?
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Geomechanical design analysis GDA software
  • Google SketchUp software
  • Graphics software
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Intergraph MGE
  • Interwoven software
  • ITC Integrated Land and Water Information System ILWIS
  • ITSpatial InterSCOPE
  • Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE
  • Location allocation decision support system LADSS software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • MultiGen Paradigm 3D GIS
  • Navigable 3D GIS software
  • Oracle Primavera Systems software
  • PlanGraphics Citywide GIS Utility
  • Presentation software
  • RhinoSoft FTP Voyager
  • RockWare ArcMap
  • Sage Timeslips
  • SAP software
  • Scientific Software Group ModTech
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • Spatial decision support systems SDSS software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Static 3D GIS software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Tangible Media Group Luminous Table
  • Transportation planning software
  • UrbanSim software
  • Vignette software
  • Web browser software
  • WorkTech MAXIMO

  • life physical and social science

    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220