Urban and Land Use Planners

(NOC 2153)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Urban and land use planners develop plans and recommend policies for managing land use, physical facilities and associated services for urban and rural areas and remote regions. They are employed by all levels of government, land developers, engineering and other consulting companies, or may work as private consultants.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 20 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. However, competition for positions may be low due to few qualified jobseekers. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Urban and Land Use Planners most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 79% of Urban and Land Use Planners who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $78,582. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$17,526

Minimum

$67,506

Median

$109,569

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Urban and land use planners develop plans and recommend policies for managing land use, physical facilities and associated services for urban and rural areas and remote regions. They are employed by all levels of government, land developers, engineering and other consulting companies, or may work as private consultants.

Job duties

Urban and land use planners perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Compile and analyze data on demographic, economic, legal, political, cultural, sociological, physical and other factors affecting land use.
  • Confer with municipal, provincial and federal authorities, civic leaders, social scientists, lawyers, land developers, the public and special interest groups to formulate and develop land use or community plans.
  • Prepare and recommend land development concepts and plans for zoning, subdivisions, transportation, public utilities, community facilities, parks, agricultural and other land uses.
  • Prepare plans for environmental protection, such as wildlife preserves, national and provincial parks, and protection of watersheds.
  • Present plans to civic, rural and regional authorities and hold public meetings to present plans, proposals or planning studies to the general public and special interest groups.
  • Review and evaluate proposals for land use and development plans and prepare recommendations.
  • Process applications for land development permits and administer land use plans and zoning by-laws.
  • Formulate long-range objectives and policies relative to future land use and the protection of the environment.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of urban planning technicians and technologists.

Sample job titles

  • environmental planner
  • land use planner
  • licensed professional planner
  • municipal planner
  • park planner
  • planner
  • recreation planner
  • site planner
  • transportation planner
  • urban and regional planner

Skills

Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is useful.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning, geography, architecture, engineering or a related discipline is required.
  • A master's degree in one of these disciplines may be required.
  • Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is usually required.
  • Membership in a provincial planning institute may be required in some provinces.
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is offered by the Canada Green Building Council and may be required by some employers.

Other considerations

Progression to management positions in planning is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

225

employed in 2016

93.6%

employed full-time

4.4%

self employed

29.4%
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70.6%
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43.6

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

60.8%

Halifax

19.6%

Northern

7.8%

Southern

5.9%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

58.0%

Public Administration

12.0%

Utilities

6.0%

Professional Business Services

4.0%

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Leasing

4.0%

Mining (except O/G)

What is the age of Employment?

26.3%

45-54

21.1%

55-64

21.1%

35-44

15.8%

25-34

10.5%

65+

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

32.5%

35-44

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

13.5%

25-34

3.5%

65+

Top levels of education

42.6%

Doctorate

N/A
42.6%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
8.5%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
4.3%

Trades certificate

N/A
4.3%

High school

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

City/urban, community and regional planning

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply principles of planning, analysis, and architecture to the development and improvement of urban areas and surrounding regions, and to function as professional planners. These programs include courses in principles of architecture; master plan development; service, communications, and transportation systems design; community and commercial development; zoning; land use planning; applied economics; policy analysis; applicable laws and regulations; and professional responsibilities and managerial duties.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Sustainability studies

This program is typically offered at the university level.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Licensed Professional Planner

Right to Title: This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. The job title is protected (you may not use this job title without a professional designation). Professional designation shows that the holder has met provincial requirements for the job. Employers may require professional designation, however, you do not need professional designation to legally work in this job.

Regulating body:
Licensed Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia
PO Box 29089
Halifax, NS B3L 4T8

Contacts

Atlantic Planners Institute
35 Ascot Court
Fredericton, NB E3B 6C4
Tel: (506) 455-7203
Canadian Institute of Planners
141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1112
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J3
Tel: (800) 207-2138
Fax: (613) 237-7045

Additional resources

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.