What Can I do With a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning?

What Can I do With a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning?

The information on this page is designed to help you explore possible careers. Use the links below to navigate to different areas of the page. We recommend working with a career counselor to help you identify careers based on your skills, interests, and values.


Students who earn a master's degree in urban and regional planning develop skills that are valued by employers. These skills include: research, analysis, writing, oral presentation, critical thinking, synthesis, and problem solving. Students and alumni may find employment in city, county, state and federal government; the private sector; and educational institutions depending on their skills and experience. Career-related internships may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

Resources to Generate Ideas for Careers and Places of Employment

List of Employers and Job Titles Developed from Jobs Posted in Handshake for Master of Urban and Regional Planning

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from the University Career Center's jobs database where the employer specifically requested urban and regional planning majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for urban and regional planning majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portlandsu and password: 3W9N

  • Transportation Planner
  • Environmental Planner
  • City Planner
  • Economic Development Director
  • Economic Diversification Coordinator

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Professional Associations

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