Urban or city planners work with city and state governments to manage the growth and development of communities for the benefit of inhabitants and the environment. Specifically, urban planners work with developers, investors, residents, and politicians to minimize pollution, congestion, and crime while maximizing property values, quality of life, and sustainability.
A number of governments have greatly expanded their role in finance and real estate in response to economic conditions. Government agencies regulate professional licensing, banking, and insurance transactions while also administering real estate incentives. The regulatory environment for the global real estate sector keeps changing and significant opportunities exist in working with or lobbying government agencies.