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Why Choose a Career in Planning?

The Challenge

The planning profession is centrally concerned with improving the future well­being 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.

Employment and Occupational Outlook

There are approximately 40,000 working planners in the U.S. job growth is about average from 2012 to 2022 (10%), or 4,000 new planning jobs during the decade.

Salary Trends

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 here.