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Urban Planner

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Urban Planner 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 143 Urban Planner job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4143 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 2015:

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 $78,611.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $81,396.

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 $63,697.

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 Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree68.5%
Master's Degree33.5%
Doctoral Degree1.74%
Other6.61%

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 years28.33%
3 to 5 years49.19%
6 to 8 years13.81%
9+ years8.67%

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 (76.83%)
  • Communication (43.16%)
  • Management (39.54%)
  • Presentations (35.22%)
  • Research (29.52%)
  • Microsoft Office (24.31%)
  • Writing (24.04%)
  • Leadership (22.59%)
  • Microsoft Excel (21.96%)
  • Coordinating (21.84%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Urban Planning (30.28%)
  • Project Management (40.41%)
  • Urban Design (25.66%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Community Planning (5.11%)
  • Computer-Aided Design (9.08%)
  • AutoCAD (27.97%)
  • Auditing (9.82%)
  • Geographic Information Systems (22.52%)
  • ArcGIS (GIS Software) (10.9%)
  • Adobe Photoshop (6.62%)
  • Legal Hearings (6.71%)
  • Comprehensive Planning (11.1%)
  • Adobe InDesign (6.99%)
  • Construction (14.07%)
  • Project Planning (13.44%)
  • Economics (7.85%)
  • Adobe Creative Suite (10.76%)
  • Data Analysis (11.9%)
  • Public Administration (11.5%)
  • Land-Use Planning (9.5%)
  • Landscape Architecture (20.89%)
  • Land Development (11.9%)
  • Space Planning (29.34%)
  • Land Use (13.01%)
  • Regional Planning (17.07%)
  • Renovation (8.5%)
  • SketchUp (3D Modeling Software) (11.07%)
  • Facility Management (12.99%)
  • Land Zoning (10.39%)
  • Transportation Planning (12.44%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Campus Planning (5.71%)
  • Computer-Aided Facility Management (4.71%)
  • Integrated Workplace Management Systems (5.34%)
  • Furniture Design (4.2%)

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.

  • Integrated Workplace Management Systems (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Occupancy Planner
  • Planner
  • Space Planner
  • Urban Designer
  • Planning Specialist
  • Campus Planner
  • Space Planning Analyst
  • Transit Planner
  • Urban Designer and 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 Urban Planner jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • CBRE (220)
  • JLL (138)
  • Kimley-Horn (58)
  • SAS Retail Services (52)
  • Southern California Edison (51)
  • Dlr Group (44)
  • AECOM (42)
  • Cushman & Wakefield (37)
  • CDM Smith (37)
  • Edison International (27)

North Carolina

  • Lowe's (11)
  • City of Raleigh (7)
  • JLL (6)
  • City Of Charlotte (6)
  • City of Durham (6)
  • Mcadams (5)
  • University of North Carolina (5)
  • Kimley-Horn (5)
  • North Carolina State University (5)
  • City Facilities Management (4)

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!