Urban and Regional Planners

Industry Areas

  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
  • Social Advocacy Organizations

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.
  • Design, promote, or administer government plans or policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, or transportation.
  • Advise planning officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, or possible alternatives.

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Overall Kind of Work

Urban and regional planners develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and...

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Work Environment


Urban and regional planners held about 38,000 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most urban and regional planners were as follows: Local government, excluding education and hospitals...

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Workweek Breakdown

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

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  • 2.11% (35-39 Hours)
  • 71.82% (40 Hours)
  • 17.65% (41-49 Hours)
  • 8.42% (Over 50 Hours)

Type of Work

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

Data: High
People: High
Things: Low

Skills at a Glance

The levels of different skills helpful in this career.

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

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: Low
Repetitiveness: Low
Level of Competition: Medium
Time Pressure: Medium

Business Breakdown

The different sectors people in this career currently work in.

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