Urban and Regional Planners

risk level
Based on 230 votes
by year 2032
or $39.32 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

0.0% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Negotiation

  • Originality

  • Persuasion

User poll

22% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 0.0% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Urban and Regional Planners will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Urban and Regional Planners' job openings is expected to rise 3.8% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Urban and Regional Planners' was $81,800, or $39 per hour

'Urban and Regional Planners' were paid 70.2% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 42,690 people employed as 'Urban and Regional Planners' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 3 thousand people are employed as 'Urban and Regional Planners'.

Job description

Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

SOC Code: 19-3051.00


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CJ (Moderate) says
Increased number of planners using Ai to write reports and research but full automation is unlikely
Feb 27, 2024 at 02:07 PM
Anonymous (Uncertain) says
AI starting to take over elements of consenting, apparently
Oct 23, 2023 at 09:31 AM
Zeke (No chance) says
Until the digital divide in municipalities is erased, humans will always be needed for Urban & Regional Planning. AI could be utilized to make Planning easier, but it won’t fully dissolve the need for humans as Planners.
Jun 09, 2023 at 04:17 PM
Joseph Oladimeji (Low) says
Because it requires human negotiations and social dimensions.
Oct 31, 2022 at 05:49 AM
BibirMengkeroet (Uncertain) says
I'm currently a geography student. Yes, I also learn urban planning, and it's scary to realize that anything I've learned could also be done by AI.

For instance, AI could potentially create a better city plan than a human, just by using real-time GIS data. This data could be acquired from CCTVs across the city using object recognition.

However, more detailed surveys are still required, and this job is centralized. People don't build their own cities, except in Cities Skylines. So, I think AI would assist city planners, but not fully replace them, at least not yet.
Sep 13, 2022 at 12:43 PM
DW (Moderate) says
Smaller counties are currently way behind the curve on automation.

AI will allow for huge reductions in workload related to paperwork and processes that are slow and redundant. It will also improve inefficient in-person communication.
Jun 22, 2022 at 03:12 PM
Josh (No chance) says
Because there are stakeholders who will try to hold arguments against you in unpredictable ways, they might just smack the robots when they get triggered.

Anything can happen, and mistakes in urban planning using AI can be incredibly devastating. This can be likened to a highway construction fiasco with pseudoscience calculations and appeals to popularity or authority.

Reality can be very messy when AI can meet up, made even worse by human errors.
May 25, 2022 at 03:00 AM
Ryan (No chance) says
Required knowledge, critical thinking, and abstract thought, as well as the ability to communicate personally with individuals.
Dec 03, 2021 at 05:00 PM

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