A town planning assistant or technician provides practical and technical support for town planners. Duties are varied and include giving advice to the public and administration duties.
You could be:
- gathering, interpreting and analysing statistical information for professional staff
- dealing with correspondence and enquiries from the public
- processing building warrant and planning applications
- checking legislation
- preparing reports including costings, tables of statistics and drawings
- enlarging, reducing, extracting from or revising maps, using specialist software such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- using computer-aided design (CAD) to draw up designs and plans
- keeping records and maintaining systems
- setting up public meetings.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
- where you work
- the size of company or organisation you work for
- the demand for the job.
Starting salaries for town planning assistants or technicians range from £18,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience this can rise to over £30,000 a year.
- You will work mainly in an office.
- You might occasionally travel to go to meetings and visit sites.
- There might be some evening and weekend work.
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- You can usually get in with Highers or a relevant NC (SCQF Levels 4-6) or SVQ.
- Entry to NC or SVQ is usually some subjects at National 4 or 5.
- It helps if you know about CAD, GIS and other relevant software.
- You need to be able to understand maps and technical plans.
What Does it Take?
- accuracy and attention to detail
- good written and spoken communication skills
- to be able to work alone and as part of a team
- numeracy and IT skills
- analytical thinking skills
- knowledge of CAD and specialist software
- organisational skills and the ability to work to deadlines
- the ability to understand and produce technical drawings
- a good understanding of local and national planning laws.
- Training is usually on the job.
- You may attend college on a day release basis to study for a relevant qualification.
- After gaining experience you may be able to move on to senior level, particularly in the public sector.
- Professionals, such as Town Planning Assistants/Technicians involved in spatial planning can become an Associate of the RTPI once they have demonstrated a balance of educational and work experience. There is a route to Chartered Membership of the RTPI from Associate. See the RTPI website for full details.
- It is also possible to qualify to become a professional town planner through further study.
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