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Occupation is in demand for the following regions: Career Cluster
110700
100219
City Planners

City Planners - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

About seven out of ten urban and regional planners work for local government agencies.

Major employers:

  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Engineering firms
  • Architectural firms

Outlook

Demand for this occupation will be strong. Job growth will be due to government regulation of commercial development, the environment, transportation, housing, and land use. Planners will be needed to help the public comply with these regulations. Most new jobs will be in wealthy, rapidly growing communities. New housing requires roads, sewer systems, fire stations, schools, libraries, and recreation facilities, all of which will be planned by urban and regional planners.

Some job openings will come from the need to replace experienced planners who transfer to other occupations, retire, or leave the labor force. Opportunities will be best for those with a master’s degree, and strong computer skills and GIS experience.

Urban and Regional Planners (CIS 100219)

Location Employment & Growth >>>> Annual openings



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Illinois
727
Very small
&
9.9%
5.8%
>>>>
68
Very few
  Champaign Area
15
Very small
&
13.3%
7.0%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
10
Very small
&
10.0%
5.0%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Cook County
349
Small
&
3.4%
5.6%
>>>>
29
Very few
  Decatur Area
6
Very small
&
0.0%
7.0%
>>>>
0
None
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
31
Very small
&
12.9%
9.7%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Du Page County
60
Very small
&
28.3%
5.4%
>>>>
7
Very few
  Edwardsville Area
11
Very small
&
18.2%
5.1%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
8
Very small
&
0.0%
7.0%
>>>>
0
None
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
7
Very small
&
14.3%
5.2%
>>>>
0
None
  Lake County
38
Very small
&
13.2%
8.6%
>>>>
3
Very few
  McHenry County
13
Very small
&
38.5%
6.8%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
8
Very small
&
12.5%
6.8%
>>>>
0
None
  Northwest Illinois Area
15
Very small
&
6.7%
3.6%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
31
Very small
&
9.7%
7.3%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
10
Very small
&
10.0%
4.3%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Rock Island-Moline Area
16
Very small
&
6.2%
5.7%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Rockford Area
15
Very small
&
20.0%
7.6%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Shawnee National Forest Area
6
Very small
&
33.3%
2.4%
>>>>
0
None
  Springfield Area
14
Very small
&
7.1%
4.7%
>>>>
1
Very few
  St Louis-Belleville Area
20
Very small
&
10.0%
6.4%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Will County
31
Very small
&
16.1%
9.1%
>>>>
3
Very few
United States
39,700
Small
&
11.1%
3.7%
>>>>
3,700
Few
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.