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 metropolitan areas.
About 2 out of 3 urban and regional planners worked in local government in 2014. They often attend meetings with neighborhood groups that take place during evenings and weekends. Most work full time.
Urban and regional planners 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 $68,220 in May 2015.
Employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Population growth, economic conditions, and environmental concerns will drive employment growth for planners.
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