City and Regional Planning Aides

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

Median Annual Wage: $39,460

Education: Master's degree (45%); Bachelor's degree (35%); Some college, no degree (10%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Engineering Technician; Planner; Planning Technician; Planning Assistant; Community Planner; Planning Aide; Development and Housing Director; Development Technician; Planning Intern; Zoning Technician

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  • Prepare reports, using statistics, charts, and graphs, to illustrate planning studies in areas such as population, land use, or zoning.
  • Research, compile, analyze and organize information from maps, reports, investigations, and books for use in reports and special projects.
  • Provide and process zoning and project permits and applications.
  • Respond to public inquiries and complaints.
  • Serve as liaison between planning department and other departments and agencies.
  • Inspect sites and review plans for minor development permit applications.
  • Conduct interviews, surveys and site inspections concerning factors that affect land usage, such as zoning, traffic flow and housing.
  • Prepare, maintain and update files and records, including land use data and statistics.
  • Prepare, develop and maintain maps and databases.
  • Perform clerical duties such as composing, typing and proofreading documents, scheduling appointments and meetings, handling mail and posting public notices.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - 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.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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