What does an Entry Level Urban Planner do?

An urban planner is usually hired by a government entity at a state or local level to project manage land development. An urban planner will develop a plan for city expansion and consider important factors such as population growth, protected areas and more. They will meet with public officials and hold public forums to determine the best strategies for land usage and development.

Urban planners are required to have a master's degree in project management, public policy or a related field. An American Planning Association Certification (AICP) may also be required depending upon the state of employment. Additionally, they will research to remain up-to-date regarding zoning codes and environmental regulations. Urban planners who have exceptional communication skills and a keen analytical mind tend to excel in the position.

  • Conduct on-site investigations to determine factors affecting community development and potential decline including land usage
  • Account for traffic growth and manage solutions for common transportation needs
  • Research best practices to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions from local businesses and warehouses
  • Oversee project development and help in providing affordable housing
  • Plan and design townships and cities promoting healthy and active lifestyles
  • Protect and preserve historical monuments and sites
  • Assist in planning and reviving low socio-economic areas within the district
  • Meet with industry experts to determine appropriate Disaster Risk Assessment plans for Emergency Management
  • Master's degree in planning, public policy or a related field
  • Ability to analyze demographic data and identify trends in employment, health and other areas
  • Experience working in various database software programs including Microsoft Suite
  • Exceptional communication skills used when meeting with officials and presenting new plans
  • Detailed understanding of federal and local government programs and processes
  • Experience utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) software
  • Ability to conceptualize large-scale plans and established required milestones to complete projects
  • Professional work experience using a combination of creative and technical concepts in problem-solving
  • Full-scale understanding of the social and environmental effects of proposed plans and the best practices in design aesthetics
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IPE GlobalIPE Global
Urban Planner
19 Apr 2021

“Good projects and teammates”

Town Planner
13 Oct 2020

“Great undergraduate program is good”

Dacorum Borough CouncilDacorum Borough Council
Trainee Town Planner
4 Dec 2020

“good training and career support”

Urban Planner
7 Feb 2021

“Great work and life balance”

Urban Designer
19 Jan 2021

“No work and life balance”

Dyett and BhatiaDyett and Bhatia
Urban Designer/Planner
3 Jun 2021

“D&B is a great place to learn and grow your career.”

Perkins & WillPerkins & Will
Urban Designer/Planner
2 Dec 2019

“Many opportunities for personal growth and development.”

ILF Consulting EngineersILF Consulting Engineers
Lead Urban Designer
12 Oct 2020

“Good Organization for work and career growth.”

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