Most urban planners have a master’s degree from an accredited urban or regional planning program. Many programs accept students with a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds. Many people who enter master's degree programs have a bachelor's degree in economics, geography, political science, or environmental design. Although most master’s programs have a similar core curriculum, they often differ in the courses they offer and the issues on which they focus. For example, programs located in agricultural states may focus on rural planning and programs located in an area with high population density may focus on urban revitalization.
Most master's programs include considerable time in seminars, workshops, and laboratory courses, in which students learn to analyze and solve planning problems. Some planners have a background in a related field, such as public administration, architecture, or landscape architecture.
What are Urban Planners like?
Based on our pool of users, urban planners tend to be predominately artistic people.
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Urban Planners by Strongest Interest Archetype
Based on sample of 325 Sokanu users
Are Urban Planners happy?
Urban planners rank
as moderately happy among
careers. Overall they rank in the 51st percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.
Urban Planner Career Satisfaction by Dimension
Percentile among all careers
Education History of Urban Planners
The most common degree held by urban planners is Geography.
7% of urban planners had a degree in geography before becoming urban planners. That is over 12 times the average across all careers.
Environmental Science graduates are the second most common among urban planners, representing 5% of urban planners in the Sokanu user base, which is 5.1 times the average.
Urban Planner Education History
This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Urban Planner, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.