What Can I Do with a Major in Urban and Regional Planning?

Urban and Regional Planning majors identify, analyze, and propose solutions to 21st century social and environmental challenges. Planners work with stakeholders and officials to promote development that is economically efficient, socially equitable, and sustainable.

Planning is a way of thinking, but also a way of acting effectively. Urban and Regional Planning majors learn to systematically define urban problems, analyze them using geospatial and other methods, and apply appropriate concepts and techniques to solve them. Students gain skills in critical thinking, research, techniques, and public communications through independent research and team projects.

Urban and Regional Planning majors*:
  • analyze the need to rebuild our cities and revitalize our rural areas
  • understand regional economies and development
  • understand urbanization and urban systems
  • use geographic information systems and remote sensing

Urban and Regional Planning graduates are prepared for diverse opportunities in the public and private sector, as well as graduate school in related fields.

A majority of planners work in city or county government, helping communities plan for the future and implement these visions. Our graduates work with communities across the Midwest and beyond.

Others work in the private sector. These planners work with others—often architects, engineers, finance experts—to assist communities or corporate officials. Graduates have found employment in private consulting firms and divisions of major corporations planning the location of new facilities, applying new technology, and finding solutions for local urban challenges.

Others work in related fields where a broad liberal education and strong technical skills are valuable. Our graduates have used their strong research, critical thinking, and research skills in diverse workplaces (education, community non-profits, sales and marketing, health care administration, etc.).

Career options for Urban and Regional Planning graduates include**:

  • parks and recreation director
  • urban renewal planner
  • city manager
  • transportation planner

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Urban and Regional Planning majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Urban and Regional Planning majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.