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Job Description

An Urban Planner strategically designs new towns, this will include considering where sewerage will need to go as well as roads, electricity, lighting, parks, housing and business areas. This job more commonly involves regenerating towns or cities that may need updating, using space that already exists by creating space efficiently, energy efficiency, affordable housing and re-designing infrastructure such as travel routes and sewerage systems. 

Planners need to balance practical, commercial and environmental factors with the needs of the community.  

Entry Requirements

You'll need a degree or a postgraduate qualification accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in a relevant subject, like:

  • town planning
  • environment and development
  • urban design
  • sustainability, planning and environmental policy

You could study part-time for a qualification while working in a role like planning technician or support staff member.

Career Path and Progression

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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Town planning assistant
  • Building control officer
  • Construction manager
  • Economic development officer
  • Housing policy officer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

You require:

  • excellent research and report writing abilities
  • good time management and organisational skills 
  • excellent negotiation and presentation skills
  • IT skills 

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £80,000

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