National Application Center :: career details :: Urban and Regional Planners
Career Details :: Urban and Regional Planners
Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of local jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Develops alternative plans with recommendations for program or project.
- Reviews and evaluates environmental impact reports applying to specific private and public planning projects and programs.
- Compiles, organizes, and analyzes data on economic, social, and physical factors affecting land use, using statistical methods.
- Evaluates information to determine feasibility of proposals or to identify factors requiring amendment.
- Discusses purpose of land-use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, and community use, with planning officials.
- Determines regulatory limitations on project.
- Advises planning officials on feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, and alternative recommendations for project.
- Maintains collection of socioeconomic, environmental, and regulatory data related to land use for governmental and private sectors.
- Conducts field investigations, economic or public-opinion surveys, demographic studies, or other research to gather required information.
- Prepares or requisitions graphic and narrative report on land-use data.
- Recommends governmental measures affecting land use, public utilities, community facilities, housing, and transportation.
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General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Provide Consultation & Advice to Others
- Processing Information
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Implementation Planning
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Information Gathering
- Idea Evaluation
- Idea Generation
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Deal With External Customers
- Persuade Someone to a Course of Action
- Provide a Service to Others