Career Outlook

As cities around the world face a growing number of challenges, there is an increased demand for skilled urban planners who can address these challenges and shape the communities of the future. In fact, according to the American Planning Association, most urban planning jobs today require a graduate degree.

Successful urban planners possess not only specialized knowledge of the field, but also legislative knowledge specific to the particular sector, region, or community they serve. Additional qualifications include strong skills in research and data analysis, problem-solving, and project management and organization.

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    It's easy for students to communicate with our professors because the classes are small. My professors were caring and helped me by giving career advice and guiding me to find a great job.”

    Yinuo Wei Master's in Urban & Regional Planning

As a result of Georgetown’s program, you’ll have the well-rounded skills and expertise that today’s employers demand. You’ll leave the program positioned for success in a variety of roles within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Average salary of urban planners in Washington, D.C. —the highest in the U.S. $93,850 Where do people in this field work? Local government, excluding education and hospitals 66% Architectural, engineering, and related services 13% State government, excluding education and hospitals 10% Management, scientific, and technical consulting services 5% 46% Percentage of urban planners with a master’s degree Transportation SpecialistSenior PlannerMaster PlannerPlannerCommunity PlannerCity PlannerDeveloper AdvocateDirector of PlanningUrban PlannerRegional Planner Top titles within the urban planning industry:

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Planning Association, Sokanu