Urban Planning

Learning resources

About Urban Planning

Urban planning is the process of designing and organizing how an urban area will be used. It includes the placement of buildings, transportation systems, and other infrastructure. It also deals with zoning, land use, and public policy.

Learning Urban Planning

Typically, urban planners need at least a bachelor's degree, although some employers may prefer or require a master's degree in urban planning or a related field. Some colleges and universities offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in urban planning. Professional certification may be beneficial for career advancement.

Most urban planners spend some time working in an internship before becoming full-time employees. Many internships are with city planning departments, but internships may also be available with private planning firms, architects, real estate developers and governmental agencies. These internships provide the opportunity to learn first-hand about the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of urban planners.