We surveyed 1,048 urban planners to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical urban planner. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as an urban planner?

Low

High

Working as an urban planner typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that urban planners are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become an urban planner?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as an urban planner typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as an urban planner?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as an urban planner. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for urban planners.

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Do urban planners work full-time or part-time?

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

Is being an urban planner stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst urban planners, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as an urban planner?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being an urban planner.

How competitive is the workplace for urban planners?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for urban planners.

Does being an urban planner require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for urban planners.

Are urban planners allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Urban planners rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do urban planners have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Urban planners tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being an urban planner physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as an urban planners is rarely physically demanding, making it a suitable option for those unable to perform physically strenuous tasks.

Are urban planners exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, urban planners tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being an urban planner require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as an urban planner.

Does being a good urban planner require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as an urban planner.