Saint Louis University

Sustainable metropolitan development, land use, and land use regulation have become issues of growing public concern. Urban planners play pivotal roles in addressing these issues and improving communities, often working with residents, local business owners, and other professionals to implement policies and programs. They are trained as problem solvers and frequently draw on knowledge from fields such as economics, architecture, real estate, sociology, finance, politics, history, and law. Urban planners understand the complexities of cities and recognize the short- and long-term impacts of policies and the politics of their implementation.

Career Opportunities

In 2009, U.S. News and World Report chose urban planning as a top career with high job satisfaction. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that "employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations," they also note that funding issues affecting current employment of planners "should improve over the coming decade."

The UPD program at Saint Louis University teaches students the essential knowledge, skills, and values central to the planning profession. Graduates who actively searched for work in the field and maintained contact with the Center for Sustainability have reported a 98% employment rate within one year of graduating. The Center and its faculty prepare students for employment in (1) the public sector, where they can enter city government, (2) the private sector, where they can work with consulting firms or real estate development companies, and (3) the non-profit sector, where they can work with community development corporations or economic development organizations. Our students also have been entrepreneurs, building non-profit organizations and development companies.

The Center for Sustainability provides a network of alumni to help students obtain internships and develop their careers. Graduates have been employed by organizations in various fields. 



Real Estate/

Alaska Department of
America's Central Port
City of Chesterfield, Missouri
City of Cincinnati, Ohio
City of Edwardsville, Illinois
City of Norman, Oklahoma
City of O'Fallon, Missouri
City of Olivette, Missouri
City of St. Louis, Missouri
Madison County, Illinois
Metro St. Louis


Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
U.S. Bank
Wells Fargo Advisors

Beyond Housing
Citizens for Modern Transit
Dutchtown South Community

East-West Gateway Council of

Great Rivers Greenway District
Old North St. Louis Restoration Group
Park Central Development Corporation
Partnership for Downtown St. Louis
Regional Housing and Community
Development Alliance

Southwest Garden Neighborhood
St. Louis Zoo
Washington University Medical Center
Redevelopment Corporation

Cassidy Turley
Desco Group
Gap Inc.
McCormack Baron Salazar
Urban Land Institute



Development Strategies



Hellmuth & Bicknese