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Demographic and Socio-Economic Planner

Recruitment #21-001274-0001


*REPOST* Previous Applicants Need Not Reapply

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.




301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD  21201


The incumbent is responsible for supporting the MD State Data Center, which processes the annual American Community Survey data files, decennial Census results, and other statistical products.  Statistical software is used to extract large data sets and prepare user-friendly, time sensitive products based on client requirements.  To this end, the position will review technical literature to become familiar with specialty software and to keep abreast of developments in data processing technology.
This position is also responsible for analytical work in demographic and socio-economic data analysis and mapping using spreadsheets, databases, business intelligence tools and Geographic Information System (GIS) software packages. The position will independently perform complex data analysis and communicate those results to various stakeholders, both in person and via our website.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that includes 30 credit hours in Planning, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Architecture, Public Administration, Engineering, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Economics, Public Finance, Political Science, Sociology, Regional Science, Information Technology or Urban Affairs.

Experience: Three years of experience in research and planning projects related to the development and use of land, water, transportation, community or natural resources by assisting in obtaining, analyzing and conducting research on demographic, socio-economic, political, cultural, geographic or land-use trends.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the specified educational fields for one year of the required experience.*

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of an additional Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the specified educational fields for one additional year of the required experience.*

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the specified educational fields for two years of the required experience.*

*Two years is the maximum number of years that may be substituted by education for the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Logistics, Urban Planning, Architect, Geospatial Intelligence Analyst or Cryptologic classifications; or Logistics, Urban Planning or Architect specialty codes in the Architect field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience and education.


Three years’ experience in one or more of the following:

1. Experience with developing data analytical/visualization tools like Tableau, Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft Excel, WordPress, Esri storyboards, web dashboard development and/or web mapping application design. Creating layouts and updating data on websites.  
2. Experience with statistical software and languages:  Access, SQL, Python, Access, Fortran, SAS and/or C+.  
3. Developing and reviewing computer programs and scripts to generate population and school enrollment projections.  
4. Authoring reports and presentations to communicate findings and analysis.


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.


A Demographic and Socio-Economic Planner is needed to assist with the monitoring and forecasts changes in development and land use throughout the State.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.

Successful candidates will be placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service needs to be provided before hire.

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If you are not able to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to: 

Department of Budget and Management 
Recruitment and Examination Division 
301 W. Preston St., Suite 608 
Baltimore, MD  21201 

For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410 767-7950 

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application.  

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-767-3623. 

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. Bilingual applicants are also encouraged to apply. 

TTY  Users: call via Maryland Relay

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.