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City and Regional Planning Aides
SOC Code: 19-4061.01

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

Sample of reported job titles: Community Planner, Development and Housing Director, Development Technician, Engineering Technician, Planner, Planning Aide, Planning Assistant, Planning Intern, Planning Technician, Zoning Technician

Tasks

  • Participate in and support team planning efforts.
  • 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.
  • Perform code enforcement tasks.

Technology Skills

  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Data base user interface and query software - dBASE; Land management databases; Microsoft Access ; Street address databases
  • Electronic mail software - Email software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Map creation software - ESRI ArcGIS software ; ESRI ArcInfo; Geographic information system GIS software ; Telogis GeoBase (see all 5 examples)
  • Office suite software - Corel WordPerfect; Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Web platform development software - Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Desktop calculator - 10-key calculators
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras - Digital camcorders
  • Digital cameras
  • Map measurers - Planimeters
  • Microfiche or microfilm viewers - Microfiche readers
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Overhead projectors
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers
  • Plotter printers - Plotters
  • Scales - Drafting scales
  • Scanners - Digitizers
  • Slide projectors
  • Special purpose telephones - Multi-line telephone systems
  • Still cameras - 35 millimeter cameras
  • Two way radios

Knowledge

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Skills

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • 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.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Coordination - 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.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Interests

  • Interest code: CR
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 90% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 50% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Letters and Memos - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 55% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 45% responded “Very important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 50% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 65% responded “Very important.”
  • Time Pressure - 50% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 35% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 50% responded “40 hours.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 30% responded “Very important results.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 50% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 65% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 45% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 37% responded “Very important.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 40% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Public Speaking - 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 60% responded “Moderately competitive.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
45%Master's degree
35%Bachelor's degree
10%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $22.12 hourly, $46,000 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 34,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Slower than average (2% to 4%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 4,100

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