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 are also called planning officers.

The Work

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

You could also be:


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

Starting salaries for graduate or assistant planners are likely to be in the region of £18,000 to £25,000 a year, rising to between £36,000 and £45,000 a year for senior planners with experience. Chief planning officers and heads of departments can earn £55,000 up to £100,000 a year.


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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.

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