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Working As A Space 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

  • $68,220

    Average Salary

What Does A Space 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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How To Become A Space Planner

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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Space Planner Career Paths

Space Planner
Facilities Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Marketing Director Property Manager
Commercial Property Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Design Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Architectural Designer Project Architect Senior Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Project Designer Interior Designer
Interior Designer/Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Designer Creative Director Marketing Director
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Designer Art Director Creative Director
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Architectural Designer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Designer Senior Designer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Owner Driver Property Manager
Real Estate Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Facilities Planner Facilities Manager General Manager
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager General Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Owner Facilities Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Facilities Planner Facilities Project Manager Facilities Manager
Senior Facilities Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Space Planner Demographics

Gender

Female

56.5%

Male

41.9%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

79.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Japanese

12.5%

Russian

12.5%

German

8.3%

French

8.3%

Chinese

4.2%

Mandarin

4.2%

Carrier

4.2%

Tagalog

4.2%

Polish

4.2%

Italian

4.2%
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Space Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.0%

Texas Tech University

7.7%

Drexel University

6.4%

George Washington University

6.4%

San Jose State University

6.4%

East Carolina University

5.1%

International Academy of Design and Technology

5.1%

University of Washington

5.1%

University of Oregon

5.1%

Cornell University

5.1%

University of Florida

3.8%

Illinois State University

3.8%

Bellevue College

3.8%

New York University

3.8%

Art Institute of California - Inland

3.8%

Strayer University

3.8%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.8%

Seton Hall University

3.8%

Western Washington University

3.8%

San Diego State University

3.8%
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Majors

Interior Design

36.0%

Business

16.8%

Architecture

12.4%

Drafting And Design

5.3%

Project Management

3.4%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Interior Architecture

2.5%

Parks And Recreation Management

2.2%

Fine Arts

2.2%

Real Estate

1.9%

Environmental Design

1.9%

Construction Management

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.6%

Management

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Education

1.2%

Urban Planning

1.2%

Communication

1.2%

Finance

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.2%

Other

16.3%

Masters

14.0%

Associate

12.9%

Certificate

5.3%

License

1.6%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Space Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Architectural Space Planner Michael Russo Corp West Hollywood, CA Sep 17, 2015 $72,946
Architectural Space Planner Michael Russo Corporation West Hollywood, CA Oct 20, 2014 $72,946
Architect, Space Planner Michael Russo Corporation West Hollywood, CA Oct 20, 2014 $72,946
Architect, Space Planner Michael Russo Corporation West Hollywood, CA Oct 15, 2011 $57,678
Architect, Space Planner Michael Russo Corporation West Hollywood, CA Oct 20, 2011 $57,678
Architect, Space Planner Michael Russo Corporation West Hollywood, CA Oct 01, 2011 $57,678

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Top Skills for A Space Planner

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Top Space Planner Skills

  1. Space Planning Services
  2. Office Furniture
  3. Auto CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed space planning services for city departments.
  • Value engineered office furniture for accessibility and functionality at any spending plan.
  • Make recommendations via detailed scale Auto CAD drawings of areas surveyed.
  • Maintained floor plans and database.
  • Assist with Plano Campus Facilities Management

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