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Urban and Regional Planners

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

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Design, promote, or administer government plans or policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, or transportation.
    • Advise planning officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, or possible alternatives.
    • Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community use.
    • Recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals.
    • Conduct field investigations, surveys, impact studies, or other research to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory, or physical factors affecting land use.
    • Determine the effects of regulatory limitations on land use projects.
    • Advocate sustainability to community groups, government agencies, the general public, or special interest groups.
    • Mediate community disputes or assist in developing alternative plans or recommendations for programs or projects.
    • Keep informed about economic or legal issues involved in zoning codes, building codes, or environmental regulations.
    • Assess the feasibility of land use proposals and identify necessary changes.
    • Supervise or coordinate the work of urban planning technicians or technologists.
    • Identify opportunities or develop plans for sustainability projects or programs to improve energy efficiency, minimize pollution or waste, or restore natural systems.
    • Create, prepare, or requisition graphic or narrative reports on land use data, including land area maps overlaid with geographic variables, such as population density.
    • Evaluate proposals for infrastructure projects or other development for environmental impact or sustainability.
    • Coordinate work with economic consultants or architects during the formulation of plans or the design of large pieces of infrastructure.
    • Review and evaluate environmental impact reports pertaining to private or public planning projects or programs.
    • Develop plans for public or alternative transportation systems for urban or regional locations to reduce carbon output associated with transportation.
    • Investigate property availability for purposes of development.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge
    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $66,560/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $32.00/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 570
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Persistence
    • Achievement/Effort
    Tools
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Laser printers
    • Global positioning system GPS receiver
    Technology
    • Map creation software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.