Urban and Regional Planner
|Overview:||Urban planners design plans for future expansion, services, and the revitalization of a city, suburb or rural area. They are concerned with attracting businesses and residents that can contribute to the region's tax base. They design plans using environmental conservation criteria.|
|Duties:||They assess the quality of a community's facilities such as health care, educational institutions and transportation systems in order to assure they meet the residents' needs.
They make long range plans for future locations for residents' housing, government service buildings, business and shopping malls and industrial sites. Plans are based on population growth.Design and conduct studies and surveys to show if current land is effectively being used for residential, business, and public objectives. They identify & protect ecologically sensitive areas.
Propose ways of using underdeveloped land and design overall layouts for proposed new construction and public facilities. They contact local & state agencies for support and approval of plans.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Engineering Science
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of urban planners is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 driven by the need for government to provide public services for an expanding population. Fastest growth will be in the private sector with architectural and engineering firms as well as with local government.|
|Starting Salary:||Salaries in private consulting firms are higher.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$33,000 to $40,000|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
|Additional Training/Education:||Many urban planning jobs in Federal, state and local government agencies require a master's degree in urban and regional planning. A bachelor's degree, however, can qualify you for many entry, assistantship positions. Courses in landscape architecture, environmental sciences, demographics, economics and civil engineering are essential.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.