City/Town Planner

Also known as a “Planner” or “Planning Consultant”

A city planner kind of just does what it says: they plan towns and cities. But there’s a lot that goes into it! You’d like this job if you enjoy working with the community, designing public spaces, considering the environmental impact, plus more…

A city planner is someone who has to look at how the needs of the whole city are met. So, they need to think about whether the need for more buildings (housing, industry etc.) and transport systems works well for the needs of the people in the area. They also need to think about the environmental impact.

In this role, you could work in a number of different departments: transport, urban design, environmental, regeneration (re-doing older areas in need of work), utilities (gas, electric, plus more), heritage and conservation (preserving older buildings and land). You could be (amongst other things):

  • Planning energy-efficient, affordable housing;
  • Making sure planning regulations are followed on projects;
  • Listening to the local community’s opinions at meetings you run;
  • Helping to preserve older buildings and places of interest;
  • Considering how new roads and railways will affect the city and community

Beneficial skills & interests in this role:

  • Interest in the environment
  • Strategic thinking
  • Highly motivated
  • Attention to detail

Fun Fact

Did you know? Planners are involved in tackling issues at the forefront of the political agenda including the housing shortage, infrastructure demands and climate change.

How much can I earn?

Depending on where in the UK you decide to work, your salary will be higher or lower. Check out our salary map to see what you could earn.

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London City Planner salaries*
Apprentice (L6):£17,800
Graduate:£27,000
Newly qualified:£34,000
Partner / Director:£75,000
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London City Planner salaries*
Apprentice (L6):£17,800
Graduate:£27,000
Newly qualified:£34,000
Partner / Director:£75,000

* Salaries are an estimate and may vary

Career paths into this role

  • Apprentice route
    You could qualify as an Agency Surveyor whilst working in a supporting role. You study alongside your practical experience (Page coming soon!)

  • Graduate route
    You’ll need an RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) accredited undergraduate or postgraduate degree. You’ll usually need 5 GCSEs (9-4) and 3 A Levels to get onto a degree course, but you might be able to use other qualifications (Page coming soon!)

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