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Community Planner

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Community Planner plans and designs projects that maintain or improve the quality of life in a community. Addresses specific transportation, economic development, housing and environmental issues. Develops plans that address aesthetic as well as technical concerns. Identifies community goals and anticipates the future impact of development.

Job Outlook

There were 27 Community Planner job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 952 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Urban / Transportation Planner industry, which includes the Community Planner career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Community Planner jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $76,193.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $76,193.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Community Planner postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $65,619.

Education and Experience

Posted Community Planner jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree4.41%
Bachelor's Degree68.28%
Master's Degree37.18%
Doctoral Degree5.99%
Other6.41%

Posted Community Planner jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years40.73%
3 to 5 years49.02%
6 to 8 years5.06%
9+ years5.2%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Community Planner positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Planning (88.76%)
  • Research (41.39%)
  • Management (40.97%)
  • Communication (39.29%)
  • Writing (36.97%)
  • Presentations (30.04%)
  • Coordinating (25.21%)
  • Leadership (18.38%)
  • Operations (17.54%)
  • Microsoft Office (15.86%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Community Planning (46.28%)
  • Geographic Information Systems (30.31%)
  • Project Planning (22.98%)
  • Urban Planning (34.14%)
  • Community Development (46.28%)
  • Economics (28.99%)
  • Geography (23.63%)
  • Project Management (32.82%)
  • Public Administration (30.2%)
  • Land Use (25.6%)
  • Landscape Architecture (33.48%)
  • Urban Affairs (13.57%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Grant Applications (7.88%)
  • Policy Development (4.16%)
  • AutoCAD (5.25%)
  • Historic Preservation (8.97%)
  • Legal Hearings (7.55%)
  • ArcGIS (GIS Software) (9.52%)
  • Civil Engineering (11.6%)
  • Data Analysis (10.83%)
  • Land-Use Planning (19.37%)
  • Comprehensive Planning (18.82%)
  • Economic Analysis (16.3%)
  • Data Collection (10.61%)
  • Economic Development (20.79%)
  • Environmental Planning (6.89%)
  • Finance (18.38%)
  • Land Development (15.54%)
  • Surveys (4.7%)
  • Sociology (17.51%)
  • Political Sciences (18.38%)
  • Urban Design (18.16%)
  • Social Sciences (4.6%)
  • Public Policies (9.52%)
  • Transportation Planning (11.16%)
  • Regional Planning (18.82%)
  • Urban Studies (4.92%)
  • Land Zoning (7.77%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Geographic Information Systems (43.76%)
  • Urban Planning (49.29%)
  • Land Use (36.97%)
  • Landscape Architecture (48.34%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Community Planner skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Planner
  • Community Development Planner
  • Interdisciplinary Engineer Architect
  • Military Planner
  • Community Development Intern
  • Community Development Director
  • Community Development Specialist
  • Planner Intern
  • Community Development Administrator

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Community Planner jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • FEMA (33)
  • United States Department of Transportation (32)
  • United States Navy (29)
  • HDR (24)
  • Rincon Consultants (14)
  • Stantec (13)
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command (13)
  • State of Minnesota (13)
  • United States Air Force (10)
  • Matrix Design Group (10)

North Carolina

  • City Of Rocky Mount (3)
  • Institute For Building Technology & Safety (2)
  • Charlotte County (2)
  • State of North Carolina (2)
  • Town Of Mooresville (2)
  • Cumberland County Nc (2)
  • Non-Federal Agency (1)
  • Stantec (1)
  • Toole Design Bodyshop Limited (1)
  • Town Of Huntersville (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!