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Department of

Community And Regional Planning

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Planning Careers

Careers for planning graduates are available in:

Private and corporate practice

  • Multidisciplinary design firms
  • land developers
  • real estate agencies
  • urban, regional or city planning firms

Public practice

  • Economic development agencies
  • Environmental organizations
  • Health departments
  • Housing authorities
  • Federal, state, regional, county and municipal governments

Nonprofit practice

  • Chambers of commerce
  • Environmental advocacy organizations
  • Environmental, cultural and historic resource protection organizations
  • Neighborhood and community advocacy groups
  • Peace Corps
  • Social service organizations

Recent Iowa State University Planning graduates have pursued the following career paths. This is not a comprehensive list of the possible career choices available to someone with a planning degree. Please note that some careers require additional education beyond the Bachelor’s degree.

  • Comprehensive planning
  • Downtown development
  • Economic development
  • Environmental planning
  • Geographic information systems specialization
  • Growth management
  • Housing
  • Historic preservation
  • International planning
  • Land-use planning
  • Neighborhood planning
  • Planning management
  • Policy planning and management
  • Regional and metropolitan planning
  • Rural planning
  • Site design
  • Small-town planning
  • Social planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Sustainable development
  • Transportation planning
  • University or college teaching, research and administration (requires additional education)
  • Urban design
  • Urban revitalization
  • Zoning administration