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Become a planner

What kind of a career would you like? 

  • Do you want a diverse career in which no two days are the same?
  • Do you want to make decisions that affect how people live in a positive way, supporting new jobs and homes?
  • Do you want to join a profession that balances the needs of communities, businesses and the environment?
  • Are you interested in shaping the way cities, towns and villages are developed and built?
  • Do you think communities should have a say in how to improve their quality of life?

As a planner you'll have the potential to build such a varied career. More information is available from our careers booklet.

If you're looking to study town planning, you may be eligible for the RTPI Future Planners bursary.


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To see what planners do have a look at the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2014

"Today there are 180,000 more people living in urban areas than there were yesterday. There will be another 180,000 there when you wake up tomorrow and another 180,000 the day after that..."

Professor Cliff Hague

Working as a planner is personally and professionally rewarding, and one in which you can make a very real and lasting impact on peoples' lives.  

You will also need to study a planning qualfication. We provide a list of universities offering RTPI-accredited courses.

How much variety is there in a career in planning?

Our topic pages provide information on key planning topics and issues. What are you most interested in? What would you do to improve your local area?

Planners also work in all kinds of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors, or as self-employed consultants or researchers. They can also become involved in major projects throughout the world, so you may even get the chance to work overseas.

What skills do Planners have?

  • Project management and negotiation
  • Strategic and spatial planning
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Legal advice
  • Site analysis
  • Interpreting maps, plans and policies
  • Understanding design, natural environments and heritage
  • Development management
  • Community engagement
  • Research and training

For more information on the experience of studying a planning degree read one of our RTPI Student Prize winner's profiles.

For more information on a career in planning contact


Choose your planning qualification

See a full list of RTPI accredited qualifications - the first step on the path to becoming a Chartered Town Planner.

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