City and Regional Planning Aides

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics > Science and Mathematics

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Compile data from various sources, such as maps, reports, and field and file investigations, for use by city planner in making planning studies.

Common job titles of City and Regional Planning Aides include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 45% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 35% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Perform clerical duties such as composing, typing and proofreading documents, scheduling appointments and meetings, handling mail and posting public notices.

    Inspect sites and review plans for minor development permit applications.

    Respond to public inquiries and complaints.

    Provide and process zoning and project permits and applications.

    Participate in and support team planning efforts.

    Prepare, develop and maintain maps and databases.

    Perform code enforcement tasks.

    Conduct interviews, surveys and site inspections concerning factors that affect land usage, such as zoning, traffic flow and housing.

    Prepare reports, using statistics, charts, and graphs, to illustrate planning studies in areas such as population, land use, or zoning.

    Serve as liaison between planning department and other departments and agencies.

    Research, compile, analyze and organize information from maps, reports, investigations, and books for use in reports and special projects.

    Prepare, maintain and update files and records, including land use data and statistics.


Two way radios

Slide projectors




Personal computers

Overhead projectors

All Tools

Multi-line telephone systems

Microfiche readers

Laptop computers

Drafting scales


Digital cameras

Digital camcorders

Desktop computers

35 millimeter cameras

10-key calculators


Geographic information system GIS software

Corel WordPerfect


ESRI ArcView

Land management databases

Street address databases

Telogis GeoBase


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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