Urban and Regional Planners work in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics in the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that from 2010 and 2020 employment in planning will increase 16 percent. The majority of new jobs (66 percent) will occur with local governments. 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. The fastest job growth for urban and regional planners is occurring in the private sector in professional and technical services according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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.