|Quick Facts: Urban and Regional Planners|
$78,500 per year
$37.74 per hour
|4% (As fast as average)|
What Urban and Regional Planners Do
Urban and regional planners develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities.
Most urban and regional planners work full time during normal business hours, and some may work evenings or weekends to attend meetings with officials, planning commissions, and neighborhood groups.
How to Become an Urban or Regional Planner
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 $78,500 in May 2021.
Employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow 4 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 3,800 openings for urban and regional planners are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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More Information, Including Links to O*NET
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