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Information about Urban Planning Degrees

Urban Planning degrees focus on learning about the development of cities or towns. Urban planners are responsible for developing new areas as well as finding new purposes for abandoned ones. They collect and interpret data and use it to come up with suggestions, plans, and possible solutions.

Urban Planning can also be referred to as City or Town Planning, but it should not be confused with Urban Design. Urban planners are the ones who identify issues and come up with ideas, taking into account economics, policies, laws, demographics, and other factors. After the Urban Planning department decides what is needed and establishes a budget, urban designers start creating detailed plans (e.g. for roads, buildings, transportation, parks).

Some of the topics you can expect to study during a Bachelor's or Master's degrees in Urban Planning are: geography, sustainable development, architectural communication, computer graphics in planning, urban environment issues, introduction to GIS (Geographic Information System), urban planning law, etc.

To be a successful urban planner, you need to have great analytical, communication, management, and decision-making skills. Urban planners spend most of their time meeting and discussing projects with public officials, gathering data, conducting field investigations, and staying up to date with building codes and environmental policies.

After graduation, students find work as urban planners, conservation officers, housing officers, transport planners, local government officers, etc.

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