Land use planner job descriptions and how to find opportunities in Alberta

Land use planning and regional planning is the process of deciding how to use land in order to best serve economic, environmental and social outcomes.

The role of land use planners involves interpreting, developing or implementing land use plans to guide decisions that maximize the more suitable or preferred goals.

Jobs in land use planning include roles with governments (including rural and urban municipalities) and positions in consulting or advisory firms.

Here is a description of careers in land use planning in Alberta and how to find your next job.

 

Jobs in land use planning

The Job Bank tool from the Government of Canada provides descriptions, salaries and job listings for common jobs across the country. Here are common roles in land use planning and their mean salaries in Alberta.

Land Use Planner, Rural Planner, Municipal Planner, Resource Planner
Average wage in Alberta ($/hour): $30 to $65
Urban and land use planners develop plans and recommend policies for managing land use, physical facilities and associated services for urban and rural areas and remote regions. They are employed by all levels of government, land developers, engineering and other consulting companies, or may work as private consultants;

Land Use Economist
Average wage in Alberta ($/hour): $36 to $74
Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts conduct research, monitor data, analyze information and prepare reports and plans to resolve economic and business problems and develop models to analyze, explain and forecast economic behaviour and patterns. They advise on matters such as finance, fiscal and monetary policy, international trade, agricultural and natural resource commodities and labour and industrial markets. They are employed by government departments and agencies and throughout the private sector in associations, unions, research organizations, banks and investment firms.

Land Use Technician
Average wage in Alberta ($/hour): $20 to $53
Civil engineering technologists and technicians provide technical support and services to scientists, engineers and other professionals, or may work independently in fields such as structural engineering, municipal engineering, construction design and supervision, highways and transportation engineering, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering and environmental protection. They are employed by consulting engineering and construction companies, public works, transportation and other government departments and in many other industries.

More profiles of jobs related to land use planning in Alberta are available from the Government of Alberta’s career planning resources. See job profiles, education programs and details on how to make land use planning your career.

 

Where to find land use planning jobs in Alberta

The provincial and national associations of planning professionals are the leading sources for land use planning job postings in Alberta. Here are some job banks and directories to help in your job search:

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