Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 19-3051 Urban and Regional Planners
Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of local jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: 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. Recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals. Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community use. 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 for 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.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $20.07   Entry $41,745.00
Mean $29.48   Mean $61,320.00
Experience $34.18 Experience $71,107.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

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