What does an Urban Planner do?
An urban planner is usually hired by a government entity at a state or local level to project manage land development. An urban planner will develop a plan for city expansion and consider important factors such as population growth, protected areas and more. They will meet with public officials and hold public forums to determine the best strategies for land usage and development.
Urban planners are required to have a master's degree in project management, public policy or a related field. An American Planning Association Certification (AICP) may also be required depending upon the state of employment. Additionally, they will research to remain up-to-date regarding zoning codes and environmental regulations. Urban planners who have exceptional communication skills and a keen analytical mind tend to excel in the position.
- Conduct on-site investigations to determine factors affecting community development and potential decline including land usage
- Account for traffic growth and manage solutions for common transportation needs
- Research best practices to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions from local businesses and warehouses
- Oversee project development and help in providing affordable housing
- Plan and design townships and cities promoting healthy and active lifestyles
- Protect and preserve historical monuments and sites
- Assist in planning and reviving low socio-economic areas within the district
- Meet with industry experts to determine appropriate Disaster Risk Assessment plans for Emergency Management
- Master's degree in planning, public policy or a related field
- Ability to analyze demographic data and identify trends in employment, health and other areas
- Experience working in various database software programs including Microsoft Suite
- Exceptional communication skills used when meeting with officials and presenting new plans
- Detailed understanding of federal and local government programs and processes
- Experience utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) software
- Ability to conceptualize large-scale plans and established required milestones to complete projects
- Professional work experience using a combination of creative and technical concepts in problem-solving
- Full-scale understanding of the social and environmental effects of proposed plans and the best practices in design aesthetics
How much does an Urban Planner make?
Urban Planner Career Path
Learn how to become an Urban Planner, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Years of Experience Distribution
Urban Planner Insights
“ish years there so I experienced working with everyone in a 1:1 capacity and it was always great.”
“The pay is bad and usually remains stagnant across your tenure within your consultant bracket type (i.e.”
“Good projects and teammates”
“great and inspiring people make this rewarding (challenging in a good way)”
“No work and life balance”
“Great work and life balance”
“good training and career support”
“no personal growth and development”
Urban Planner Interviews
Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an Urban Planner
When working as an Urban Planner, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Critical Thinking, MS OUTLOOK, Judgement, and MQ.
- Urban Designer
- Operations Manager
- Supply Chain Manager
The most common qualifications to become an Urban Planner include a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.