Learn about the types of people who become urban planners. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


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Employment Type Mix, 2022

77% of urban planners work in full-time roles while 23% work part-time.

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Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an urban planner. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming urban planners at a ratio of 2.10 to 1.

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Actual Gender Mix, 2022

61% of urban planners are female and 39% are male.

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Gender Bias, 2022

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an urban planner and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an urban planner and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming an urban planner than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.

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Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of urban planners are White, making up 51% of the population. The next highest segments are Black or African American and East Asian, making up 11% and 11% respectively.