Demographic and Socio-Economic Planner

Maryland Department of Planning

Baltimore, MD


The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) promotes a vision for economic development and local authority throughout Maryland. The agency helps Maryland's counties and municipalities in land use and resource planning and provides review and technical assistance on a variety of planning topics.

As Planning monitors and forecasts changes in development and land use throughout the state, its staff creates tools that help plan Maryland's future. Information on demographic, socio-economic, political, cultural, geographic and land-use trends is collected, analyzed, and distributed in multiple formats. Planning supports interactive, web-based map display of census data, land-use, parcel data and aerial imagery to assist local government growth and land-use planning decisions.

Main Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for work in the area of demographic and socio-economic data analysis and mapping using spreadsheets, databases and Geographic Information System (GIS) software. The position will independently perform complex data analysis.

This position is responsible for programming to support the MD State Data Center for processing of annual American Community Survey data files, decennial Census related and other statistical products as well as GIS database applications. Statistical software is used to extract large data sets and prepare user friendly time sensitive products based on client input.

This position tests, and maintains programs using the following languages/software: Fortran, SAS, C#, Python, SQL, Crystal Reports, Paradox and Access. Incumbent debugs and analyzes results of programs and prepares status reports. Data products are made available in various formats, such as spreadsheets, databases or PDF files, to provide easy to use alternatives for a wide range of data users based on client input. Reviews software manuals, technical literature and internet sources to become familiar with specialty software and to keep abreast of developments in data processing technology.

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.

Use this link to get more information on the job and to fill out the application and supplemental questionnaire PLANNER IV (Demographic and Socio-Economic Planner)

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
None Selected
Economic Planning and Development / Economic Analysis and Forecasting
Salary Range
$49,899.00 - $80,078.00/year