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Working As A Business Planner

  • Developing Objectives and Strategies
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Getting Information
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Planner Do

Urban and regional planners develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

Duties

Urban and regional planners typically do the following:

  • Meet with public officials, developers, and the public regarding development plans and land use
  • Administer government plans or policies affecting land use, the environment, zoning, historic buildings, public utilities, community facilities, housing, community design, and transportation
  • Gather and analyze market research data, censuses, and economic and environmental studies
  • Conduct field investigations to analyze factors affecting community development and decline, including land use
  • Review site plans submitted by developers
  • Assess the feasibility of proposals and identify needed changes
  • Recommend whether proposals should be approved or denied
  • Present projects to communities, planning officials, and planning commissions
  • Stay current on zoning or building codes, environmental regulations, and other legal issues

Urban and regional planners identify community needs and develop short- and long-term solutions to develop and revitalize communities and areas. For example, planners examine ideas for proposed facilities, such as schools, to ensure that these facilities will meet the needs of a changing population.

As an area grows or changes, planners help communities manage the related economic, social, and environmental issues, such as planning a new park, sheltering the homeless, and making the region more attractive to businesses.

Some planners work on broad, community-wide projects; others focus on specific issues. Ultimately, planners advocate the best use of a community’s land and resources for residential, commercial, industrial, educational, and recreational purposes.

When beginning a project, planners work with public officials, community members, and other groups to identify community issues and goals. Using research and data analysis, and collaborating with interest groups, they formulate strategies to address issues and to meet goals.

Planners also may help carry out community plans by overseeing projects and organizing the work of the groups involved. Projects may range from a policy recommendation for a specific initiative to a long-term, comprehensive area plan.

Urban and regional planners use a variety of tools and technology in their work, including geographic information systems (GIS) that analyze and manipulate data. GIS is used to integrate data with digital maps. For example, planners use GIS to overlay a land map with population density indicators. They also use statistical software, visualization and presentation programs, financial spreadsheets, and other database and software programs.

The following are examples of types of urban and regional planners:

Land use and code enforcement planners are concerned with the way land is used and whether development plans comply with codes, which are the standards and laws of a jurisdiction. These planners work to carry out effective planning and zoning policies and ordinances. For example, a planner may develop a policy to encourage development in an underutilized location and to discourage development in an environmentally sensitive area.

Transportation planners develop transportation plans and programs for an area. They identify transportation needs and issues, assess the impact of transportation services or systems, and anticipate and address future transportation patterns. For example, as growth outside the city creates more jobs, the need for public transportation to get workers to those jobs increases. Transportation planners develop and model possible solutions and explain the possibilities to planning boards and the public.

Environmental and natural resources planners attempt to mitigate the harmful effects of development on the environment. They may focus on conserving resources, preventing destruction of ecosystems, or cleaning polluted areas.

Economic development planners focus on the economic activities of an area. They may work to expand or diversify commercial activity, attract businesses, create jobs, or build housing.

Urban design planners strive to make building architecture, streets, and public spaces look and function in accordance with an area’s development and design goals. They combine planning with aspects of architecture and landscape architecture. Urban design planners focus on issues such as city layout, street design, and building and landscape patterns.

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Urban and regional planners need a master’s degree from an accredited planning program to qualify for most positions.

Education

Most urban and regional planners have a master’s degree from an accredited urban or regional planning program. In 2015, there were 72 programs accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board that offered a master’s degree in planning.

Many master’s programs accept students with a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds. However, many candidates who enter master’s degree programs have a bachelor’s degree in economics, geography, political science, or environmental design.

Most master’s programs include spending considerable time in seminars, workshops, and laboratory courses, in which students learn to analyze and solve planning problems. Although most master’s programs have a similar core curriculum, they often differ in the courses they offer and the issues on which they focus. For example, programs located in agricultural states may focus on rural planning, and programs located in an area with high population density may focus on urban revitalization.

Some planners have a background in a related field, such as public administration, architecture, or landscape architecture.

Aspiring planners with a bachelor’s degree can qualify for a small number of jobs as assistant or junior planners. There are currently 15 accredited bachelor’s degree programs in planning. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree typically need work experience in planning, public policy, or a related field.

Other Experience

Although not necessary for all positions, some entry-level positions require 1 to 2 years of work experience in a related field, such as architecture, public policy, or economic development. Many students gain experience through real-world planning projects or part-time internships while enrolled in a master’s planning program. Others enroll in full-time internships after completing their degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

As of 2015, New Jersey was the only state that required urban and regional planners to be licensed, although Michigan required registration to use the title “community planner.” More information can be requested from the regulatory boards of New Jersey and Michigan.

The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) offers the professional AICP Certification for planners. To become certified, candidates must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass an exam. Certification must be maintained every 2 years. Although certification is not required for all planning positions, some organizations prefer to hire certified planners.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Urban and regional planners analyze information and data from a variety of sources, such as market research studies, censuses, and environmental impact studies. They use statistical techniques and technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS) in their analyses to determine the significance of the data.

Communication skills. Urban and regional planners must be able to communicate clearly and effectively because they often give presentations and meet with a wide variety of audiences, including public officials, interest groups, and community members.

Decisionmaking skills. Urban and regional planners must weigh all possible planning options and combine analysis, creativity, and realism to choose the appropriate action or plan.

Management skills. Urban and regional planners must be able to manage projects, which may include overseeing tasks, planning assignments, and making decisions.

Writing skills. Urban and regional planners need strong writing skills because they often prepare research reports, write grant proposals, and correspond with colleagues and stakeholders.

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Business Planner Career Paths

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Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Manager Department Manager Merchandising Manager
Senior Merchandising Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Senior Manager-Supply Chain Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Project Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Planning Manager
Planning Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Portfolio Manager Strategist
Senior Strategist
8 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Warehouse Manager Logistics Supervisor
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Warehouse Manager Quality Control Manager
Production Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Senior Analyst
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Supply Chain Analyst Demand Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Procurement Agent Business Planning Analyst
Business Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Planning Manager Demand Planning Manager
Plans And Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Production Supervisor Plant Superintendent
Business Unit Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Marketing Analyst Campaign Manager Strategist
Business Strategist
7 Yearsyrs
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Business Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

52.2%

Female

38.4%

Unknown

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

56.4%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Asian

12.0%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.4%

Japanese

15.6%

Chinese

9.1%

Mandarin

9.1%

French

6.5%

Portuguese

5.2%

Korean

5.2%

Cantonese

3.9%

Arabic

2.6%

Indonesian

1.3%

German

1.3%

Hmong

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%
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Business Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.4%

San Jose State University

8.9%

George Washington University

7.2%

University of Chicago

5.6%

Michigan State University

5.0%

San Diego State University

5.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.4%

Santa Clara University

3.9%

University of Southern California

3.9%

University of Connecticut

3.9%

University of Houston

3.9%

University of Pennsylvania

3.3%

Fordham University

3.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.3%

Oregon State University

3.3%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.3%

Central Michigan University

3.3%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.3%

Syracuse University

2.8%

Wayne State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

44.8%

Finance

11.1%

Marketing

7.0%

Management

5.5%

Accounting

4.7%

Economics

3.7%

Psychology

2.3%

Supply Chain Management

2.3%

International Business

2.0%

Chemical Engineering

2.0%

Computer Science

1.8%

Industrial Engineering

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Communication

1.6%

Education

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Political Science

1.4%

Operations Management

1.4%

General Studies

1.1%

Electrical Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.6%

Masters

38.4%

Other

9.9%

Associate

4.4%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

1.6%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.2%
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$57,000
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Business Planner make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Business Planner in the United States is $86,431 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $57,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $128,000.

Real Business Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Strategic Business Planner Siemens Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 30, 2016 $164,800
Director Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Oct 15, 2012 $157,000
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 18, 2016 $154,942
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Sep 24, 2015 $152,670
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 26, 2016 $147,500
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 30, 2012 $145,696
Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 30, 2016 $145,000
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Nov 05, 2013 $143,087
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 22, 2016 $140,000
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 26, 2016 $135,500
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 07, 2016 $135,329
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Feb 18, 2013 $135,039
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Sep 24, 2012 $135,000
Senior Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 11, 2015 $134,500
Business Planner, Senior Staff Altera Corporation San Jose, CA Dec 26, 2011 $123,000
Business Planner FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA Sep 01, 2014 $115,000
Business Planner FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA Sep 01, 2013 $115,000
Business Planner FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA Sep 01, 2012 $114,443
Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 06, 2016 $114,000
Business Planner-Office Comm Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 29, 2013 $113,265
Business Planner FMC Corporation Philadelphia, PA Sep 01, 2013 $113,000
Business Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 17, 2015 $112,500
Business Planner Telstra Inc. New York, NY Dec 23, 2013 $84,911
Consultant Business Planner Motorola Mobility LLC Libertyville, IL Feb 21, 2014 $84,200 -
$134,700
Senior Business Planner Atmel Corporation San Jose, CA Apr 14, 2014 $83,992 -
$102,629
Integrated Business Planner Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 15, 2016 $81,598 -
$106,800
Senior Business Planner SONY Electronics, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 10, 2013 $80,536
Finance and Business Planner Sage Electrochromics, Inc. Faribault, MN Sep 09, 2013 $80,000 -
$90,000

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  2. Business Development
  3. Product Lines
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  • Coordinated proper monthly forecasting and closing/reporting of business area financial statements and compliance to SOX.
  • Collaborated with engineering teams to provide accurate and timely delivery of cellular infrastructure system proposals for business development.
  • Developed directional plans for company product lines.
  • Planned/executed controls for new products to support on-time delivery.
  • Maintained direct communication with regional Customer Service Representatives (virtual teams) to provide training and issue resolution.

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