Urban and Regional Planning Careers
Urban and Regional Planners help plot what our cities and counties will look like in the future. From deciding the direction of overall growth to approving plans to build a new subdivision, planning professionals ensure that growth is balanced with needs for utilities and other civic services.
The overwhelming majority of Urban and Regional Planners work with local and state governments, although some do work for larger architectural and engineering firms. In that regard, you can expect an office job. However, since the role is in the service of the community, there is a great deal of interaction required with the population at large. Many of those meetings take place outside of normal business hours, so you may find your nights and weekends full of community events.