Urban Planner

What do they do? Envision, coordinate, and balance the very delicate and complex relationships of an urban setting and understand and forecast the needs of a community and advise on the best way to pursue common goals.

Description: A planner works on future issues and needs a vivid imagination, a good understanding of people in communities, and technical understanding of the flow of goods and services in a high-density population. Urban planners are generalists who come to their careers from different angles: civil engineering, landscape architecture, public administration, land use, transportation, urban studies, or biology.

Education: A four-year college degree.

Salary: A planning technician with a high school degree can start at $2,500 per month. Other levels exist, like assistant planners at $3,000+ per month, principal planners at $4,000+, and department heads at $5,000+.