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City Planning Aide

Overview: City planning aides collect, summarize & analyze data for changes or improvements needed in a city's services, layout & facilities. The data can include statistical information about population demographics, land use, transportation, environmental conservation, public utilities, etc.
Duties: Design & conduct surveys to identify city residents' satisfaction and needs for services such as transportation, schools, police protection, garbage collection, water supply, roads, etc.

Analyze city's population demographics to determine the number of schools and teachers needed, the types of persons on welfare and the number of elderly persons needing city financial aid.

They analyze present usage of land within and around the city to map out and zone areas for residences, commerce, manufacturing, parks & recreation. They safeguard ecologically sensitive areas.

They estimate city revenue from taxes, tolls and license fee collections and determine what monies will be available for new city projects and how much must be borrowed.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Computerized Architectural and Industrial Design 
Job Outlook: Employment of city planning aides is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Growth will be driven by government demand for regulation of development, the environment, transportation, housing, and land use for an expanding population. Historic preservation and development will fuel growth. Opportunities will expand in private architectural and engineering firms as well.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $33,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: City planning aide positions are considered as an entry position or stepping stone to urban and regional planning positions. A bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning is the usual educational background required. Many aides enroll in part-time graduate studies for a master's degree. Courses in environmental sciences, finance, demographics, economics and computer applications are essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.