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Parks Planner

Parks Planner

Parks Planner 

Main Topic: Places and Regions
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society 

Overview: Parks planning is a career that requires the application of knowledge from a variety of fields. Because of this, parks planners come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. Many parks planners have a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in planning or a related discipline such as Urban Planning, Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Political Science, Forestry or Economics. As parks planning can be a very competitive field, some employers may require candidates to have a graduate degree in one of the aforementioned (or other) fields. In addition to education and certain personality traits, there are other requirements to becoming a parks planner. For example: Must be able to understand main issues that will affect land use in the future, i.e. demographics, environment, etc. Must have a working knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, and government policiesMust be able to reconcile opposing interests of various stakeholdersBilingualism is an asset in many municipalitiesMust be able to use simple language in order to be persuasive. 

Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Human Geographers, Environmental Geographers 

Recommended College courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Management, Human Geography, Regional Geography 

Skills: Environmental Management, Land Management, Communications 

Occupation Group: Architecture and Engineering

Learn more about Parks Planners from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes171012.htm


Written by Christopher Hinojosa