Urban and Land Use Planners

(NOC 2153)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Urban and land use planners study the social, economic, cultural, environmental, political and physical conditions of urban and rural communities, and develop plans and recommend policies for managing land use, physical facilities and associated services. They work for all levels of government, land developers, engineering and other consulting companies, or may work as private consultants.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

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

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 2585 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Urban and Land Use Planners most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 72% 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

$18.00

Minimum

$37.80

Median

$48.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Urban and land use planners study the social, economic, cultural, environmental, political and physical conditions of urban and rural communities, and develop plans and recommend policies for managing land use, physical facilities and associated services. They work for all levels of government, land developers, engineering and other consulting companies, or may work as private consultants.

Job duties

Urban and land use planners:

  • Prepare reports on demographic, economic, cultural, social and environmental issues affecting land use.
  • Recommend policy and guidelines on land use, environmental conservation, housing, and transportation.
  • Consult with government, civic leaders, social scientists, lawyers, land developers, citizens and special interest groups to plan and develop land use or community plans.
  • Prepare plans for developing private lands 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 like 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 to make sure they follow regulations and generally accepted planning practice and prepare recommendations.
  • Process applications for land development permits and manage land use plans and zoning by-laws.
  • Make 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

  • city planner
  • community planner
  • environmental planner
  • heritage planner - land use
  • land use planner
  • park planner
  • planning analyst
  • recreation planner
  • site planner
  • transportation planner
  • urban planner
  • zoning officer - land use

Skills

Planners must be able to balance various private interests with the public interest and identify viable options. To meet increasingly complex urban challenges, planners need to know about land, air and water resources, employment trends, cultural diversity and associated issues, new technologies, and conflict resolution. 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.
  • 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

Movement to management positions in planning is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

255

employed in 2016

88.0%

employed full-time

4.0%

self employed

28.0%
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72%
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43.6

median age

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

25,875

employed in 2016

91.5%

employed full-time

7.6%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

64.6%

Halifax

20.8%

North Shore

8.3%

Southern

6.3%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

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, scientific and technical services

4.0%

Manufacturing

4.0%

Wholesale trade

What is the age of Employment?

29.0%

25-34

24.0%

45-54

22.0%

35-44

16.0%

55-64

6.0%

65+

4.0%

15-24

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

24.2%

25-34

23.5%

45-54

23.4%

35-44

16.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

44.0%

Master's degree

$69,653 median annual income
42.0%

Bachelor's degree

$60,404 median annual income
8.0%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
4.0%

Trades certificate

N/A
4.0%

High school

N/A

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

33.1%

College certificate or diploma

$59,986 median annual income
29.8%

Bachelor's degree

$63,965 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
9.9%

Master's degree

$65,105 median annual income
6.9%

Trades certificate

$57,773 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 includes 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

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