City planners are responsible for planning developmental procedures in a city and are often at the forefront of new projects as they are implemented. They are also involved in zoning and permits for their cities, so multitasking and the ability to handle several projects at a time are highly beneficial for this position.
A bachelor’s degree is generally a minimum requirement for this position and some cities and municipalities may require a master’s degree. The ability to communicate effectively with all types of people is essential for city planners, and leadership and a team mentality are also beneficial in the right circumstances. The ability to lift up to 25 pounds and stand upright for several hours is necessary, as the position and work environment can change day by day. It is also important to maintain a positive demeanor, as the ability to cooperate with co-workers and thrive in a team environment will keep the city running smoothly.
The ability to arrive to work on time and avoid absence is important, as some city planners may be the only ones in the office with knowledge of certain practices and their time away can stall important operations. Computer skills are also necessary, as city planners must be able to use particular software programs and type company reports.
City Planner Tasks
Develop, design, and implement studies on transportation, air quality, housing, and population, and analyze and report on results.
Address social, economic, environmental, and health problems by making recommendations location improvements or zoning regulations.
Assist and make recommendations on funding allocations for programs or transportation projects.
Develop long and short term plans for land use, growth, maintenance, and revitalization.
Monitor relevant legislation and ensure compliance of all projects with federal, state, and local regulations.