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          Helping you find a career in the town planner industry

          A town planner does what it says on the tin - they will manage the construction, regeneration and development of cities, towns, villages and the countryside.

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          • FAQs
          What does a Town planner do?

          Day-to-day tasks of a town planner will include:

          • Creating planning solutions to satisfy clients
          • Consulting with stakeholders and other parties
          • Negotiating with developments and architects
          • Assessing planning applications
          • Keeping up to date with legislation on land use
          • Promoting environmental education
          • Writing reports and keeping atop of bureaucratic work
          What skills and interests should an Town planner have?

          As a town planner, you will need to have the following skills:

          • Creativity and problem-solving skills
          • Flexibility, initiative and innovative ideas
          • Good communication skills
          • Good negotiation skills
          • Ability to work alone and as part of a team
          • Project-management skills
          • Self-motivation
          What hours does a Town planner typically do?

          A town planner will typically work between 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday, however more senior positions will require additional time commitments.

          What environment is a Town planner based in?

          In an office.

          How much does a Town planner travel?

          The work is largely office based, but you may spend some time making site visits, attending conferences and meeting clients.

          How much does a Town planner get paid?

          Starting salaries are typically in the range of £18,000 to £25,000 per annum, although with experience and promotions you can earn up to £100,000.

          Perks & benefits

          You may be able to become self-employed and take on freelance work with experience, or focus on a specialist area of the sector. Jobs are frequently available throughout the country; it is not essential to live in one area in order to have success. You may be able to move between local authorities if so desired.

          What qualifications does a Town planner need?

          To become a chartered town planner, you will need to complete a Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited degree, either at undergraduate or postgraduate level, completing either a combined qualification or a spatial qualification and a specialist qualification.

          Useful subjects to study at school & university

          Degrees in the following subjects will be beneficial to your application:

          • Architecture or Landscape Architecture/Design
          • Ecology and Environment
          • Economics
          • Engineering
          • Geography
          • Law
          • Politics, government or public administration
          • Transportation
          • Urban Studies/Built Environment
          Further reading

          Work experience will be beneficial to your application. You could arrange to shadow an experienced planner, which will give you some insight into the role. Becoming a student member of Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) will give you access to publications and networking events.