Community Planner, Developer Advocate, Planning Director, Regional Facilities Specialist   More Names
Seaport Planning Manager, Transit Planning Director, Transportation Specialist, Urban Design Consultant

Planners for capital projects use computer software to develop site plans that involve the placement of buildings and other structures within municipal, county, or state boundaries. They know and apply local zoning laws and restrictions and other regulations affecting development. These workers often perform cost-benefit analysis, compile statistical and demographic data, maintain project databases, and complete quarterly and annual visual reports presenting site plans and recommendations.

Planners should have the ability to analyze extensive amounts of data and present that data in reports to senior managers, using skills in strategic planning, computers, and written and oral communication. They also should understand policies, laws, regulations, and procedures related to public transportation capital planning.

Planners work indoors in environmentally controlled offices. They work with people, in work groups or teams, with external customers, and in face-to-face discussions. Their work is relatively structured, and they make decisions that impact their co-workers and the company.

Employers generally require a bachelor's degree in a related field, and prefer individuals with a master's degree in a related field. Approximately two-thirds of planners have bachelor's degrees, while one-third have a master's. Employers look for people with a considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Click on the "get qualified" tab above to see available educational programs in your area.

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Percent Job Growth:  
6% - Slower than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $55,160 - $87,910    Hourly: $27 - $42

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

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Typical Education: Bachelor's Degree (High School + 4 or more Years)
Salary (National): $59,000 - $99,790

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Typical Education:

Master's and Above (High School + 6 or more Years)
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Percent Job Growth:

6% - Slower than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $55,160 - $87,910

Hourly: $27 - $42