City planners determine the best way to use a city’s land and resources through planning the construction of new public housing or buildings, helping draft legislation, and suggesting zoning regulations for private property. Through careful planning, these analyzers, creators, and innovators are able to curate communities, accommodate growth, and rejuvenate the physical facilities in towns and cities for the better. The person to undertake this job needs an engineering mindset with the ability to problem-solve, and be able to recognize problems and visualize change. They are socially aware and work ‘for the people’ as they take responsibility for budgets, laws, and planning for a whole town and its future. City planners are responsible for taking population, space, and budget into account when suggesting where to build new city infrastructure, and need analytical skills to interpret data such as demographics or trends in population and health.
A master’s degree in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, urban design, or geography is a requirement for city planners. Driven by demographic, transportation, and environmental changes, employment of for urban and regional planners is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.