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Urban Planner

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Plans and designs projects that maintain or improve the quality of life in urban areas or regions. 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 plans.

Job Outlook

There were 268 Urban Planner job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 7117 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Urban / Transportation Planner industry, which includes the Urban Planner career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Urban 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 $59,748.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $54,087.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Urban Planner postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $44,840.

Education and Experience

Posted Urban 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 Degree10%
Bachelor's Degree57%
Master's Degree32%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

Posted Urban 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 years34%
3 to 5 years47%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years10%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Urban 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 (57%)
  • Communication Skills (33%)
  • Research (32%)
  • Writing (23%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (18%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Land Use (17%)
  • Urban Planning (14%)
  • Landscape Architecture (8%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Scheduling (18%)
  • Project Management (18%)
  • Budgeting (13%)
  • Repair (10%)
  • Public administration (9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Traffic Maintenance (6%)
  • Traffic Control Devices (6%)
  • Urban Design (6%)
  • Economic Development (5%)
  • Traffic Management (3%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Traffic Control Technician
  • Master Planner
  • Senior Planner
  • Planner
  • Traffic Control Technician ,

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

United States

  • Roadsafe Traffic Systems, Inc (195)
  • Roadsafe Traffic Systems (113)
  • Apa (76)
  • Freeman (71)
  • Accenture (59)

North Carolina

  • City of Raleigh (15)
  • Roadsafe Traffic Systems, Inc (12)
  • City Of Charlotte And Mecklenburg County (8)
  • Pisgah Legal Services (8)
  • City Winston Salem (6)

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!