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.
Employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow 11 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demographic, transportation, and environmental changes will drive employment growth for planners.
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.