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Urban and Regional Planners - 19-3051.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • City Planner
  • Community Development Planner
  • Community Planner
  • Development Technician
  • Housing Development Specialist
  • Neighborhood Planner
  • Planner
  • Planning Consultant
  • Planning Technician
  • Regional Planner

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Advise planning officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, or possible alternatives.
  • Advocate sustainability to community groups, government agencies, the general public, or special interest groups.
  • Assess the feasibility of land use proposals and identify necessary changes.
  • Conduct field investigations, surveys, impact studies, or other research to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory, or physical factors affecting land use.
  • Conduct interviews, surveys and site inspections concerning factors that affect land usage, such as zoning, traffic flow and housing.
  • Coordinate work with economic consultants or architects during the formulation of plans or the design of large pieces of infrastructure.
  • Create, prepare, or requisition graphic or narrative reports on land use data, including land area maps overlaid with geographic variables, such as population density.
  • Design, promote, or administer government plans or policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, or transportation.
  • Determine the effects of regulatory limitations on land use projects.
  • Develop plans for public or alternative transportation systems for urban or regional locations to reduce carbon output associated with transportation.
  • Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community use.
  • Evaluate proposals for infrastructure projects or other development for environmental impact or sustainability.
  • Hold public meetings with government officials, social scientists, lawyers, developers, the public, or special interest groups to formulate, develop, or address issues regarding land use or community plans.
  • Identify opportunities or develop plans for sustainability projects or programs to improve energy efficiency, minimize pollution or waste, or restore natural systems.
  • Investigate property availability for purposes of development.
  • Keep informed about economic or legal issues involved in zoning codes, building codes, or environmental regulations.
  • Mediate community disputes or assist in developing alternative plans or recommendations for programs or projects.
  • Prepare reports, using statistics, charts, and graphs, to illustrate planning studies in areas such as population, land use, or zoning.
  • Prepare, develop and maintain maps and databases.
  • Prepare, maintain and update files and records, including land use data and statistics.
  • Recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals.
  • Research, compile, analyze and organize information from maps, reports, investigations, and books for use in reports and special projects.
  • Respond to public inquiries and complaints.
  • Review and evaluate environmental impact reports pertaining to private or public planning projects or programs.
  • Supervise or coordinate the work of urban planning technicians or technologists.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on business or operational matters.
  • Analyze geological or geographical data.
  • Analyze impact of legal or regulatory changes.
  • Collaborate with technical specialists to resolve design or development problems.
  • Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
  • Communicate with government agencies.
  • Communicate with the public on environmental issues.
  • Compile geographic or related data.
  • Design civil structures or systems.
  • Develop environmental sustainability plans or projects.
  • Inform the public about policies, services or procedures.
  • Mediate disputes.
  • Obtain property information.
  • Prepare maps.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Promote environmental sustainability or conservation initiatives.
  • Provide technical information or assistance to public.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Research impacts of environmental conservation initiatives.
  • Review environmental permits, plans, or reports.
  • Review plans or proposals for environmental conservation.
  • Review professional literature to maintain professional knowledge.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Civil Affairs Noncommissioned Officer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Civil Affairs Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Civil Affairs Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • City Planning Aide
  • Planner, Program Services
  • Urban Planner