Regional Planner

Make efficient use of city space.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$40,000 – $96,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Regional Planners do?

As a Regional Planner, your job is to develop strategies for the use of land that best fit the area. You must consider the long-term development of an area in terms of location, land value, environmental impact, and community need.

Most Regional Planners are local government workers and are often referred to as City Planners. This job as a Regional Planner requires a lot of research, analyzing and forecasting. If you think about the layout of the city in which you live, it will give you an idea of the broad scope of considerations this job entails. For instance, where are neighborhoods in conjunction to the city’s dump or industrial complexes? Do farmlands butt up to major shopping districts? Are schools located near prisons?

The Regional Planner must be able to show on paper that ideas for development can co-exist with what’s already in place and that the plan of action will be beneficial to the growth of the community. We’re not just talking about buildings here, but also roads, highways, water, sewer, cable and electrical lines – where they are and where they’re going to go. As well, there is the population to bear in mind; its present and future growth or decline could vastly affect project plans, and either lend to the success or failure of a proposal.

Because everything is computerized, you’ll also have to know geographic information systems (GIS). GIS allows you to overlay maps containing different data to give you a better look at how your plan may or may not work in the real world.

Your workdays will be varied and your time will be divided between being in the field inspecting sites and surveying land and working with those who will be directly affected by your decisions such as Land Developers and community leaders who may have conflicting ideas about proposed land use.

Should I be a Regional Planner?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Regional Planner

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