The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports median pay for planners was $74,350 per year in 2019, and predicts the field of urban and regional planning will grow 11% between 2019 and 2029. Population growth and environmental concerns will drive employment growth for planners.
In the private sector, planners work for architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and planning consulting firms. Other related private sector employment options include law firms, utility companies, developers, and real estate companies.
There are a wide variety of public sector employment options at the federal, state, regional, and local areas of government. Public sector economic development corporations seek planners to assist in developing economic development plans and strategies.