Town planners help shape the way towns and cities develop, and balance the demands on land with the needs of the community.
There will be
5% more Town planner jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You'll use surveying techniques, geographical information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design (CAD) to draw up plans and make recommendations for land use.
You could work in a wide variety of areas, like transport, urban design or conservation.
Your day-to-day tasks could include:
You'll need a degree or a postgraduate qualification accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in a relevant subject, like:
You could study part-time for a qualification while working in a role like planning technician or support staff member.
Starter salary: £18,000
Experienced salary: £34,000
These figures are a guide.
You'll work 35 to 40 hours a week. You may also attend events like public meetings in the evenings.
You'll work in a planning office. You'll need to travel to meetings and site visits.
With experience, you could apply for chartered town planner status, and then become a planner or senior planner. With at least 10 years' experience you could become a senior manager or planning consultant. You could work as a self-employed consultant.
You could also move into environmental management, urban regeneration, recreation management and property development.
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