What does a Senior Urban Planner do?

An urban planner is usually hired by a government entity at a state or local level to project manage land development. An urban planner will develop a plan for city expansion and consider important factors such as population growth, protected areas and more. They will meet with public officials and hold public forums to determine the best strategies for land usage and development.

Urban planners are required to have a master's degree in project management, public policy or a related field. An American Planning Association Certification (AICP) may also be required depending upon the state of employment. Additionally, they will research to remain up-to-date regarding zoning codes and environmental regulations. Urban planners who have exceptional communication skills and a keen analytical mind tend to excel in the position.

What responsibilities are common for Senior Urban Planner jobs?
  • Conduct on-site investigations to determine factors affecting community development and potential decline including land usage
  • Account for traffic growth and manage solutions for common transportation needs
  • Research best practices to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions from local businesses and warehouses
  • Oversee project development and help in providing affordable housing
  • Plan and design townships and cities promoting healthy and active lifestyles
  • Protect and preserve historical monuments and sites
  • Assist in planning and reviving low socio-economic areas within the district
  • Meet with industry experts to determine appropriate Disaster Risk Assessment plans for Emergency Management
What are the typical qualifications for Senior Urban Planner jobs?
  • Master's degree in planning, public policy or a related field
  • Ability to analyze demographic data and identify trends in employment, health and other areas
  • Experience working in various database software programs including Microsoft Suite
  • Exceptional communication skills used when meeting with officials and presenting new plans
  • Detailed understanding of federal and local government programs and processes
  • Experience utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) software
  • Ability to conceptualize large-scale plans and established required milestones to complete projects
  • Professional work experience using a combination of creative and technical concepts in problem-solving
  • Full-scale understanding of the social and environmental effects of proposed plans and the best practices in design aesthetics
EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Urban Planner Salaries near India

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Senior Urban Planner Career Path

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Graffito SPGraffito SP
Urban Designer/Planner
11 Apr 2022

“ish years there so I experienced working with everyone in a 1:1 capacity and it was always great.”

Ethos UrbanEthos Urban
Senior Urban Planner
27 Nov 2022

“The pay is bad and usually remains stagnant across your tenure within your consultant bracket type (i.e.”

IPE GlobalIPE Global
Urban Planner
19 Apr 2021

“Good projects and teammates”

Urban Strategies (Canada)Urban Strategies (Canada)
Urban Planner
27 Jul 2022

“great and inspiring people make this rewarding (challenging in a good way)”

Brigil ConstructionBrigil Construction
Urban Designer
25 Dec 2021

“no personal growth and development”

Ethos UrbanEthos Urban
Senior Urban Planner
27 Nov 2022

“On another occasion I was privy to homophobic comments directed from an Associate to a Senior.”

Senior Urban Designer
3 Dec 2022

“Profit sharing based additional salary means everyone gets the same ‘bonus’ regardless of your performance.”

Dyett and BhatiaDyett and Bhatia
Urban Designer/Planner
3 Jun 2021

“D&B is a great place to learn and grow your career.”

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When working as a Senior Urban Planner, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Powerpoint Presentations, Filing, Excellent Communication, Writing and Technical Leadership.

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The most common qualifications to become a Senior Urban Planner is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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