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Urban Planner

Career Highlights

  • Best known to work for the city
  • Key responsibility is urban renewal
  • Considers local environment in plans
  • Aptitude for research & public relations

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Career Summary

Urban planners are best known to work for the city and making the decisions and coordinating how city land will be developed. They explore several aspects of the potential project in regards to the city’s social environment and communities. Another key responsibility of urban planning is urban renewal – projects to reverse cities suffering from long-term decay.

Urban planners, which are also known as city planner’s work with a wide variety of non government organizations, non profit agencies and city departments to determine what the best use for land would be in cities and neighborhoods. The conduct and review reports for on the best location for houses, stores, and parks and review reports on traffic and inner city pollution and how it could affect land-planning projects.

Urban planners need to take several potential problems into consideration before committing to building a project. Such as

  • Can people get to a bus or subway?
  • Where will people park?
  • Is the area expected to grow – business community or private homes?
  • Would new roads need to be created for the project?

Planners also need to be concerned about saving the local environment such as wetlands, historical landmarks and trees. Before making plans for a community, planners need to know where everything is. They find out how many people in the local community use the nearby streets, highways, water, sewers, schools, libraries, museums, and parks. Than they listen to the advice and opinions of people who live in the community.

Sometimes a project will require a community meeting where everyone involved in the project will meet with community residents and explain their new plans. Urban planners spend a lot of time both inside an office as well as exploring different lands for potential projects.

Prospective planners will need an aptitude for research an interest in public relations. They should be flexible and yet objective and be able to analyze complex situations. They must be able to work well with public officials, private citizens, and technical experts and to prepare effective written and oral reports. In addition, an understanding of the political system is needed as many planers may encounter a community group that doesn’t want any new buildings or oppose the potential plans for use of the land.




Requires a degree in

  • Architecture Environmental
  • Engineering
  • Project Management

Career Skills

  • Research and analyze information considering land use
  • Create digitalized maps
  • Knowledge of zoning and building codes
  • Create redevelopment plans for areas of natural disaster
  • Communicate plans and reports

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