Urban and regional planners study the use of land in an area and develop corresponding land use plans. They may review plans submitted by developers, assess the feasibility of these proposals, and make recommendations about whether or not developers can proceed. They stay up to date on local building codes and legislation.
A master's degree in urban and regional planning or a related field may be required for this position. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after earning a four-year bachelor's degree. Students who enter a planning program may earn a four-year bachelor's degrees in geography, economics, architecture, engineering, or another related field.
Planners typically work for the government, but some may work for architectural or engineering firms. They work in offices, but spend some time outdoors inspecting land conditions.
The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Population growth, economic conditions, and environmental concerns will drive employment growth for planners.
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