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Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Notebook computers
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  • Personal computers
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  • Laser printers
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  • Global positioning system GPS receiver
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  • Computer aided design CAD software
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  • Map creation software
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  • Analytical or scientific software
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  • Graphics or photo imaging software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Design, promote, or administer government plans or policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, or transportation.
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  • Recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals.
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  • Create, prepare, or requisition graphic or narrative reports on land use data, including land area maps overlaid with geographic variables such as population density.
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  • Advise planning officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, or possible alternatives.
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  • Conduct field investigations, surveys, impact studies, or other research to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory, or physical factors affecting land use.
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  • Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community use.
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  • Keep informed about economic or legal issues involved in zoning codes, building codes, or environmental regulations.
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  • Mediate community disputes or assist in developing alternative plans or recommendations for programs or projects.
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  • Coordinate work with economic consultants or architects during the formulation of plans or the design of large pieces of infrastructure.
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  • Review and evaluate environmental impact reports pertaining to private or public planning projects or programs.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • 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.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  •  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.
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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
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  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $79,938.00 $38.44  $25.90  $30.82 - $46.14 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $85,787.00 $41.25  $27.91  $32.80 - $50.53 
    Danbury $78,577.00 $37.78  $29.79  $32.96 - $42.23 
    Hartford $85,005.00 $40.86  $29.07  $33.22 - $48.40 
    New Haven $67,458.00 $32.43  $20.15  $23.78 - $39.21 
    New London/Norwich $80,090.00 $38.51  $28.29  $30.76 - $45.09 
    Waterbury $79,420.00 $38.18  $25.23  $26.11 - $40.12 
    Torrington $75,673.00 $36.38  $25.52  $29.78 - $43.01 
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