The planning profession is centrally concerned with improving the future well being of individuals in society and the quality of life in the communities within which we live. As a planner, you will have a wide range of potential opportunities to advance the goals of society. We work at every scale, from programs affecting the entire nation to analyses and plans for individual development sites. A trademark of professional planners is that we bring a comprehensive viewpoint to public problems and issues. Even so, you will find your niche within the breadth of the planning profession; you might prepare a revitalization plan for a downtown, rewrite a local zoning code that guides the next decade of development, prepare a natural resource atlas in Geographic Information System (GIS) for a growing county, engage in sustainability benchmarking for an environmental group, or tackle the vexing economic development issues in a rural, multi-county region. Whatever is your calling, the planning profession gives you one of the best opportunities to be personally rewarded by making a difference in your community and the world.
There are approximately 40,000 working planners in the United States. Projected average job growth from 2012 to 2022 is 10% or 4,000 new planning jobs during the decade.
The median salary for planners in the U.S. in 2014 was $75,800 a year, according to the American Planning Association's most recent salary survey. The entry level salary range for jobs in North Carolina for which our graduates are qualified is approximately $33,000 to $42,000 annually. For a list of recent jobs in North Carolina for which our graduates are qualified, click on the link below:
American Planning Association: https://www.planning.org
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning: http://www.acsp.org
The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association: http://apa-nc.org