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Urban and Regional Planners

Industry Areas

  • Local Government (OES Designation)
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • State Government (OES Designation)

Day-to-Day Tasks

  • 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.
  • Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community use.
  • Recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals.

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Overall Kind of Work

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, ...

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Work Environment


Urban and regional planners held about 38,700 jobs in 2012, a majority of which about 65 percent were in local government.Most other planners worked for state and federal governments; real estate d...

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Workweek Breakdown

The hours worked per week by people currently pursuing this career.

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  • 86.07% (40 Hours)
  • 13.93% (Over 50 Hours)

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Type of Work

The level of day-to-day involvement with data, people or things.

Data: High
People: Medium
Things: Low

Skills at a Glance

The levels of different skills helpful in this career.

Verbal skills: High
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: Medium
Equipment Operation & Maintenance: Low
Math & Science Skills: High
Technology Design & Control: Medium
Leadership: Medium

Workplace at a Glance

The level of different environmental factors you would experience on the job.

Responsibility: Medium
Exposure to Job Hazards: Low
Physical Activity: Low
Decision Making: Medium
Repetitiveness: Medium
Level of Competition: Medium
Time Pressure: Medium

Business Breakdown

The different sectors people in this career currently work in.

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  • 16.40% (Private For-Profit)
  • 3.03% (Private Not For-Profit)
  • 72.84% (State and Local Govt)
  • 4.74% (Federal Government)
  • 2.99% (Self-Employed)
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