Girls in Science & Technology: Urban and Regional Planning Career Information

  • Planners work with the public to develop a vision of the future and to build on that vision.
  • Planners often function as mediators among conflicting community interests; they may also become facilitators, using their professional judgment to help identify the best resolutions to the issues creating conflicts.
  • Planners analyze problems, visualize futures, compare alternatives and describe implications, so that public officials and citizens can make knowledgeable choices.
  • Planners design and manage the planning process itself, in order to involve interest groups, citizens and public officials in stimulating and thought-provoking ways.


    What skills does a planner need? 

    1. Understanding the physical design and the way in which cities work.
    2. Understanding data on present and future trends in such things as population, employment and health.
    3. Understanding plans and the process by which they are developed.
    4. Mastering the techniques for involving a wide range of people in making decisions.
    5. Understanding the local, state and federal governments and their programs and processes for making political decisions.
    6. Understanding social issues and the impact of decisions on cities and communities.
    7. The ability to articulate planning issues to a wide variety of audiences.
    8. Understanding the legal foundation and techniques for land use regulation.
    9. Understanding interaction between such things as economy, transportation, health and human services, and land use regulation.

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