In a typical work setting, urban and regional planners:
- Have a high level of social contact. They consult with others on proposals and make presentations.
- Deal with impolite or angry people on a daily basis. Conflicts often arise over proposals and budgets.
- Are substantially responsible for project outcomes and results.
- Communicate with coworkers, managers, and public officials daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person.
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- Write letters and memos on a daily basis.
- Work in a group or as part of a team.
- Often speak at civic meetings.
Physical Work Conditions
- Almost always work indoors. They often work outdoors when looking at sites.
- Often work in a vehicle when traveling to sites.
- Work with other people, but usually in a separate office or many feet apart.
- Must be sure their work is exact.
- Make decisions on a daily basis that strongly impact the public. They consult supervisors for some decisions, but make most without talking to a supervisor.
- Are able to set most tasks and goals for the day without talking to a supervisor.
- Must meet strict deadlines on a weekly basis.
- Generally have a set schedule each week.
- May work part time or full time, but most work more than 40 hours a week.
- Frequently attend evening or weekend meetings or public hearings.