In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Working with government officials, real estate developers, and the public to plan land development and use that meets community needs such as housing, transportation, recreation, and historic preservation.
- Ensuring compliance with environmental regulations and zoning and building code.
- Using Geographic Information System (GIS) and other software to gather and analyze the data used for planning.
In your job search, you may find job listings for this career under different titles. You can find some examples of these, as well as more information about this career, at Career One Stop.
Typically requires a master’s degree. Obtaining a doctorate would make you eligible for careers with greater responsibility and higher salaries in this pathway, if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a doctorate.
Certifications are not required, but could make employers more likely to hire you or offer you a higher salary.
You may be eligible for AICP Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Eligibility requirements can be met through a variety of education and work experience combinations.
Licensure is required to work as an Urban and Regional Planner in the state of New Jersey.