CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Urban and Regional Planners

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Economics
Benchmark Title: Urban and Regional Planners
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas. Design, promote and administer government plans and policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, and transportation.
 
Recommend approval, denial or conditional approval of proposals.
 
Determine the effects of regulatory limitations on projects.
 
Assess the feasibility of proposals and identify necessary changes.
 
Create, prepare, or requisition graphic and narrative reports on land use data, including land area maps overlaid with geographic variables such as population density.
 
Advise planning officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, and possible alternatives.
 
Conduct field investigations, surveys, impact studies or other research to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory and physical factors affecting land use.
 
Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, and community use.
 
Keep informed about economic and legal issues involved in zoning codes, building codes, and environmental regulations.
 
Mediate community disputes and assist in developing alternative plans and recommendations for programs or projects.
 
Coordinate work with economic consultants and architects during the formulation of plans and the design of large pieces of infrastructure.
 
Review and evaluate environmental impact reports pertaining to private and public planning projects and programs.
 
Supervise and coordinate the work of urban planning technicians and technologists.
 
Investigate property availability.
 
Hold public meetings with government officials, social scientists, lawyers, developers, the public, and special interest groups to formulate, develop or address issues regarding land use or community plans.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Economics
Benchmark Title: Urban and Regional Planners
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Economics
Benchmark Title: Urban and Regional Planners
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Economics
Benchmark Title: Urban and Regional Planners
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Economics
Benchmark Title: Urban and Regional Planners
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
3D urban simulation modeling software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Accela KIVA DMS Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Accela PERMITS Plus Compliance software
 
Accela Tidemark Advantage Compliance software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver Web page creation and editing software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Freehand Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign Desktop publishing software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker Desktop publishing software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Arc software Map creation software
 
Autodesk 3ds Max for Design Visualization Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD MAP3D Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Bentley MicroStation Computer aided design CAD software
 
Caliper TransCAD Computer aided design CAD software
 
Citilabs TRANPLAN Analytical or scientific software
 
CommunityViz Computer aided design CAD software
 
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Criterion Planners INDEX Map creation software
 
Data mining software Data mining software
 
Database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Desktop publishing software Desktop publishing software
 
ESRI ArcInfo Map creation software
 
ESRI ArcView Map creation software
 
ESRI What if? Analytical or scientific software
 
ESRI software Map creation software
 
Extensible markup language XML Enterprise application integration software
 
Geomechanical design analysis GDA software Map creation software
 
Google SketchUp software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Hypertext markup language HTML Web platform development software
 
IBM Lotus 1-2-3 Spreadsheet software
 
IBM Lotus Notes Electronic mail software
 
ITC Integrated Land and Water Information System ILWIS Map creation software
 
ITSpatial InterSCOPE Map creation software
 
Intergraph MGE Map creation software
 
Interwoven software Document management software
 
Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE Map creation software
 
Location allocation decision support system LADSS software Analytical or scientific software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Project Project management software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
MultiGen Paradigm 3D GIS Computer aided design CAD software
 
Navigable 3D GIS software Computer aided design CAD software
 
PlanGraphics Citywide GIS Utility Map creation software
 
Presentation software Presentation software
 
Primavera Systems software Project management software
 
RhinoSoft FTP Voyager Desktop communications software
 
RockWare ArcMap Map creation software
 
Sage Timeslips Time accounting software
 
Scientific Software Group ModTech Analytical or scientific software
 
SolidWorks CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Spatial decision support systems SDSS software Map creation software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Static 3D GIS software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Structured query language SQL Data base user interface and query software
 
Tangible Media Group Luminous Table Computer aided design CAD software
 
Transportation planning software Analytical or scientific software
 
UrbanSim software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Vignette software Document management software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
e-on software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Global positioning system GPS devices Global positioning system receivers
 
Laser printers Laser printers
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Economics
Benchmark Title: Urban and Regional Planners
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Economics
Benchmark Title: Urban and Regional Planners
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Airport Planner
Building, Planning, and Zoning Director
City Designer
City Planner
City Planning Engineer
Community Development Director
Community Development Planner
Community Planning and Development Representative
Director of Planning
Economic Developer
Environmental Planner
Housing Development Specialist
Housing Grant Analyst
Master Planner
Neighborhood Planner
Planner
Planning Director
Program Services Planner
Regional Planner
Sustainable Communities Designer
Sustainable Development Policy Analyst
Traffic Expert
Transportation Analyst
Transportation Consultant
Transportation Planner
Transportation Project Manager
Urban Designer
Urban Planner
Urban Renewal Manager
Zoning Administrator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Economics
Benchmark Title: Urban and Regional Planners
 
 
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