Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of land. Their plans help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
About 2 in 3 urban and regional planners worked in local government in 2012. They often attend meetings with neighborhood groups that take place during evenings and weekends.
How to Become an Urban or Regional Planner
Urban and regional planners usually need a master’s degree from an accredited planning program to qualify for most positions.
The median annual wage for urban and regional planners was $65,230 in May 2012.
Employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Population growth, economic conditions, and environmental concerns will drive employment growth for planners in cities, suburbs, and other areas.