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Town Planner

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A town planner makes decisions about the best way to manage and develop towns, cities and the countryside. They must balance economic, social and environmental factors and can specialise in one particular area, such as transport, planning policy or conservation. They may be called planning officers.

The Work

You might carry out research and consult with experts to collect relevant information on:

You could also be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries are likely to be in the region of £20,000 to £22,000 a year, rising to around £35,000 a year with experience. Senior planners can earn up to about £45,000 a year and chief planning officers and heads of departments can earn £55,000 to £85,000 a year.

Conditions

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Getting In

For chartered status, town planners must follow one of the routes which the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) approves.

Most town planners still work for the local authorities and for other public bodies, such as urban development corporations, health authorities, tourist boards and environmental organisations. However a growing number of planners now work in the private sector, as consultants, or in research establishments.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1608
0.6 %
RISE
2023
1617
  United Kingdom
2018
17800
2.9 %
RISE
2023
18323

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What Does it Take?

You need:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Tel: 0344 994 8800
E-mail: scotland.apprenticeships@citb.co.uk
Website: http://www.citb.co.uk
Website (2): http://www.citb.co.uk/bconstructive
Twitter: @CITB_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citb.uk/

CITB is the Sector Skills Council which covers a wide range of sectors in the development and maintenance of the built environment. Its careers website (bconstructive.co.uk) provides a wide range of information on jobs in the construction industry.

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
Tel: 020 7929 9494
E-mail: careers@rtpi.org.uk
Website: http://www.rtpi.org.uk
Twitter: @RTPIPlanners
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalTownPlanningInstitute/

RTPI's website has a new education and careers section with lots of useful information on planning as a career.

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