Urban and Regional Land Planner

Career Overview

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.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$47,000 /yr
$76,000 /yr
$112,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Science - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Environmental science
  • Economics
Work Environment

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.

Future Outlook

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.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada