We encourage students to prepare for the job hunt before they graduate. This includes exploring career opportunities, learning how to write a resume and cover letter, networking with alumni, attending professional conferences and career fairs, learning through internships and more.
The good news is that the job prospects look great for planners, especially in the western US. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that “Employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demographic, transportation, and environmental changes will drive employment growth for planners” (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Growth means jobs for planners and opportunities to address concerns about affordable housing, traffic congestion, sprawl, and air pollution.
Our students find work in Utah and beyond! We’ve compiled a list of graduate placements so you can see the range of possibilities.
List of Employers for 2014-2018 Urban Ecology graduates
List of Employers for 2008-2018 graduates
Check CMP’s e-Job Board for the latest full-time openings and internship opportunities.
Career Exploration & Professional Development
ACSP Career Guide in Urban Planning – This brochure was prepared as a public service by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP, www.acsp.org), a consortium of university-based programs offering degrees and credentials in urban and regional planning. ACSP hopes to encourage a wide range of students to consider a degree in planning which will lead them to a rewarding and challenging career.
American Planning Association Career Center – career resources put together the American Planning Association. This website can help you get the position you want, no matter your career stage.
Launching Your Planning Career: A Guide for Idealists – Richard Willson draws on his years of experience in the classroom, as a researcher, and as a mentor to young planners. His insights provide processes for making choices in the career “launching” phase — addressing decision making, doubt, types of work, and work settings.
U of U Career & Professional Development Center – explore careers, learn how to build your network, sample resumes and cover letters, prepare for graduate school and more.
Connect with U of Utah Alumni
Connect with Professional Associations in Utah
• American Institute of Architects (AIA)
• American Planning Association (APA)
• American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA)
• Congress for the New Urbanism
• Rock Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals
• Water Environment Association (WEAU)
• Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS)
Students in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning intern in public (50%), private (40%) and non-profit (10%) organizations. Many of the internships are based in the Metropolitan Salt Lake City area, though in the summer months students work in nearby states and beyond. Often times, these internships lead to full-time employment after graduation.
CMP students find internships at all levels of government (federal, state, regional and local). At the local governments level, students work in a wide variety of departments and offices including Planning, Zoning, Community Development, Economic Development, Redevelopment, Sustainability, Community Outreach/Engagement, Mayor and City Council, Transportation, and Community Services. In the private sector, students intern for architecture, engineering, transportation, planning, and real estate development firms. In the nonprofit sector, students intern for organizations with a focus on sustainability, conservation, social justice, affordable housing, community gardening, neighborhood improvement, and active transportation.
Find a Job
Websites with Job Listings
CMP’s e-Job Board
• American Planning Association Career Center
• Bike Happy Cascadia
• National Association of City Transportation Officials
• National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies
• Next City
• Planners Network
• The Black Urbanist
• Transportation Research Board
• Utah APA