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City Planners

City Planners - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, urban and regional planners:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Work Performance

  • 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.