Urban Planner job description

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Urban Planners are required to develop plans for the use of land and revitalization of urban zones. They help local officials to solve economic, environmental, and social issues by recommending locations for schools, roads, hospitals and other structures. Their duties are based on people’s needs and how construction projects may affect their lifestyle.

Urban Planners usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Creating reports.
• Making decisions about developing resources.
• Teaming up with other professionals.
• Formulating plans.
• Researching information about inhabitants.


• Having decision-making skills.
• Being organized.
• Having high attention to details.
• Having good communication skills.
• Having negotiation skills.
• Being able to solve various problems.
• Having analysis capabilities.
• Being able to motivate others.
• Having IT skills.
• Having interpersonal skills.


Urban Planner jobs require candidates having a Master´s Degree offered by an accredited Planning program in Regional or Urban Planning or other related subjects such as Environmental Planning, Geography, and Urban Design. People who want to study in those programs require a Bachelor´s Degree in Geography, Economics, Environmental Design, or Political Science. There are schools that offer urban planning qualifications, but people having just these awards have limited opportunities without a Master´s Degree.

People working on this business can have specializations such as Transportation Planning, Natural Resources Planning, Community Development, Urban Design, among other subjects.

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