Urban and land use planners (NOC 2153)

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Urban and land use planners:

  • develop plans and recommend policies for managing land use, physical facilities and associated services for urban and rural areas and remote regions
  • work for all levels of government, land developers, engineering and other consulting companies, or as private consultants.
Common job titles
  • analyst, mass transit services
  • analyst, transportation route planning
  • officer, zoning - land use
  • planner, municipal park / neighbourhood
  • planner, site
  • planner, transportation
  • analyst, mass transit services
  • analyst, transportation route planning
  • officer, zoning - land use
  • planner, city land use / regional
  • planner, environmental
  • planner, land use - long-range / heritage

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$77,084

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Urban and land use planners perform the following duties:

  • compile and analyze data affecting land use, such as demographics, economics, law, politics, culture, sociological factors and physical characteristics
  • meet with civic leaders, social scientists, lawyers, land developers, the public and special interest groups and municipal, provincial and federal authorities to develop land use and community plans
  • prepare and recommend land development concepts and plans for zoning, subdivisions, transportation, public utilities, community facilities, parks and agricultural and other land uses
  • Prepare plans for environmental protection, such as wildlife preserves, protection of watersheds and national and provincial parks
  • present plans to civic, rural and regional authorities
  • hold public meetings to present plans, proposals or planning studies to the general public and special interest groups
  • review and evaluate proposals for land use and development plans
  • prepare recommendations for land use and development plans
  • process applications for land development permits
  • carry out land use plans and zoning by-laws
  • plan long-range goals and policies regarding future land use and the protection of the environment
  • supervise and coordinate work of urban planning technicians and technologists

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning, geography, architecture, engineering or a related discipline is required.
  • A master's degree in one of these disciplines may be required.
  • Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is usually required.
  • Membership in a provincial planning institute may be required in some provinces.
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is offered by the Canada Green Building Council and may be required by some employers.

Skills

  • Directive
  • Innovative
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Spatial Perception
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Architecture
  • Community and Regional Planning (Arts)
  • Community and Regional Planning (Science)
  • Geography (Arts)
  • Geography/Earth Sciences Related

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
40
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
840
Average annual employment growth:
1.6%
Expected number of job openings:
350
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
10
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
130
Average annual employment growth:
3.5%
Expected number of job openings:
80
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
300
Average annual employment growth:
1.0%
Expected number of job openings:
120

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Promotion to management positions in planning is possible with experience.

Additional resources