Urban planners decide how to use land in towns and cities. They find the best places for houses, stores, and parks. They try to solve many problems, such as too much traffic and increases in air pollution. Planners want to make sure that people can get to a bus or subway. They need to plan where people should drive their cars and where they can park.
• Planners make new plans when more people move into a community.
• Tell community leaders that they need new schools or roads.
• Study where people live and how they use streets, sidewalks, parks, and other buildings in the community.
• Listen to people who live in the community for ideas and advice on how to plan.
Where and When:
• Planners work in offices most of the time.
• Planners have to work evenings and weekends sometimes.
What or Who They Work With:
• They work with community members and community leaders very closely.
• They work with numbers every day.
• Planners use and sometimes create maps.
Education and Training:
• College degree
• Good speaking and writing skills
• Special certification test
- City Manager
- Social Scientist
Related School Subjects:
• Social Studies
• Public Safety
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