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Regional Planner

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

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

Job Outlook

There were 26 Regional Planner job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 932 in the United States.

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


Many new Regional 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.


The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $73,420.


The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $73,420.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Regional Planner postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $63,565.

Education and Experience

Posted Regional 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 Degree6.65%
Bachelor's Degree75%
Master's Degree35.19%
Doctoral Degree1.39%

Posted Regional 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 years35.24%
3 to 5 years51.36%
6 to 8 years8.58%
9+ years4.82%


Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Regional 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 (79.51%)
  • Research (43.13%)
  • Communication (36.37%)
  • Presentations (31.97%)
  • Management (28.65%)
  • Writing (28%)
  • Coordinating (24.46%)
  • Microsoft Office (18.56%)
  • Problem Solving (14.38%)
  • Microsoft Excel (13.73%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Landscape Architecture (27.81%)
  • Regional Planning (33.5%)
  • Urban Planning (24.1%)
  • Land-Use Planning (44.75%)
  • Project Management (32.63%)
  • Geographic Information Systems (32.76%)
  • Land Use (32.01%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Public Administration (18.79%)
  • Urban Design (15.45%)
  • Comprehensive Planning (20.52%)
  • Environmental Planning (14.83%)
  • Project Planning (18.42%)
  • Urban Studies (10.75%)
  • AutoCAD (7.54%)
  • Community Planning (8.03%)
  • Environmental Science (12.36%)
  • Community Development (15.7%)
  • Economic Development (9.77%)
  • Geography (13.84%)
  • Legal Hearings (15.08%)
  • Land Development (19.04%)
  • Adobe InDesign (7.91%)
  • ArcGIS (GIS Software) (10.63%)
  • Policy Development (5.81%)
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (7.91%)
  • Public Policies (8.03%)
  • Data Analysis (11%)
  • Economics (9.52%)
  • Transportation Planning (12.24%)
  • Land Zoning (15.33%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Land Use Planner
  • Planner
  • Land Planner
  • Land Use Specialist
  • Development Planner
  • Planner Intern
  • Event Planner
  • Estate Planner
  • Service Planner

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 Regional Planner jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Stantec (25)
  • State of Massachusetts (21)
  • Aks Engineering And Forestry (18)
  • Loudoun County Government (17)
  • APA Corporation (16)
  • Kimley-Horn (11)
  • Cushman & Wakefield (10)
  • Texas Water Development Board (10)
  • Rrm Design Group (10)
  • Friends Of Adaptive Recreation Of Loudoun County Virginia (10)

North Carolina

  • Mcadams (5)
  • Town of Chapel Hill (2)
  • Altice USA (1)
  • Womble Bond Dickinson (Us) Llp (1)
  • Craven County Co (1)
  • City Of Sanford (1)
  • American Engineering (1)
  • Timmons Group (1)
  • Orange County Government (1)
  • Audience Partners (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!