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

Urban and Regional Planning majors help build better places. They apply analytical and technical skills to address 21st century social and environmental challenges. Planners work with stakeholders and decision-makers to develop communities that are economically vibrant, socially equitable, and sustainable.

Planning is a way of thinking and acting effectively. Today's cities face major challenges, but also enormous opportunities. Urban and Regional Planning majors learn to systematically define urban problems, analyze using geospatial and other methods, and apply innovative concepts and techniques to solve them. Students gain skills in critical thinking, research, techniques, and public communications through independent research and community-based projects.

Urban and Regional Planning majors*:

  • integratively analyze urban dynamics and trends
  • define the nature and scope of urban problems
  • identify and apply relevant planning concepts and techniques
  • collaborate productively in team and project-based settings
  • communicate effectively with stakeholders and the public

Urban and Regional Planning graduates are prepared for diverse opportunities in government, business, and non-profits, as well as graduate school in planning and related fields (e.g. law, public administration, M.B.A.).

Many planners work in public service, helping communities plan for the future and shape growth. Others work in the private sector, working with others-often architects, engineers, finance experts-to develop productive and high-quality places. The combination of a broad liberal education and strong technical skills prepares graduates to build successful careers in diverse professions across the U.S. and beyond.

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

  • urban planner
  • real estate developer
  • corporate strategic planner or geospatial analyst
  • transportation planner or manager
  • community and economic development

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.