When you look at how the parks and commercial buildings in your neighborhood are rising increasingly these days, do you ever wonder who’s behind making decisions on what best to put up and where to put it up in the community? Like who decided that it was a good move to open a cinema in the corner of that block? Who gave the approval for the new deliveries for a building that’s currently being constructed a few blocks from your home? As far as I know, the architect designed my home, the painter did the paint job, and my psychologist and therapist friends are helping me get through my daily stressors. As for the questions I mentioned above, it was my dad who walked me through the details about the urban planner.
Urban planning up until today remains to be something fresh – relatively – and some people still find their job unfamiliar, particularly the nature of their job and what it encompasses. But despite being a fairly new line of work, it is projected to grow tremendously, which was apparent since 2012 and continues to grow. It is believed to soar even higher in 2021 through 2022. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the yearly salary of a licensed urban planner is approximately $65,000.
What Do Urban Planners Really Do?
Ericka is 32 and has been working in the field of urban planning for ten years now. When asked what she specifically does and what it entails to be an urban planner, she answered that she is more into planning policies and creates plans for transportation and infrastructure. Sometimes, she does strategic planning, which pertains to discovering the concrete problems in transportation or planning that need immediate and eventual solutions. For example, if individuals are staying in one part of a community and there are possible open occupations, a school, or a shopping center in another part of the community, what can she do to create a connection between these two institutions?
Aside from that, she can also be involved in knowing how many people are there in that particular area? Can these areas possibly grow and improve? Does the area need a train or a bus? Then even the very delicate task of designing, constructing, and delegating, which means working hands-on in the field to find out which works before opening a certain structure to the public.
Technically, the urban planner functions as an advocate in making plans to do the best for the community in general. That is the goal to be able to successfully create something that can function for the betterment of a community. Land use, transportation, economic development, code enforcement, and urban design are among the job descriptions of urban planners. The American Planning Association lists some of the duties below:
• Make plans for open spaces, parks, and community amenities like public toilets and other accommodations.
• Study and investigate the trends for transportation and implement plans that are customized to the needs of the community.
• Create plans and programs that promote jobs for community members.
• Work that guarantees sufficient sewer and water supply for the community.
What Is The Urban Planner’s Work Environment?
They are usually hired by the state or city government. Some jobs are geared towards the rural regions, but most of the planners work in the city. Just like other employees working in a corporate company, urban planners must also display a show of teamwork because they are tasked to work with other people from other fields – architects, real estate contractors, and non-profit organizations, among others. Most of them work the 8 to 5 shift but occasionally join small meetings during the evenings or weekends.
How Does One Become An Urban Planner?
An urban planner must acquire a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. Master’s programs are focused on improving communication and problem-solving skills that are important to the urban planner’s success in his field. When he is certified, he is responsible for a lot of relevant aspects that make a community function normally and efficiently. Most often, these things are taken for granted as people go about in their day-to-day activities. Some of us pass by a village without even thinking twice about who the builders are and who made the decision to improve the area. Well, now you know, and it would be great to know something planned for your community and the neighboring communities as well.