How to become a Urban and Regional Planner

Urban and regional planners develop policies and plans for the use of land and resources. They advise on the economic, environmental, social and cultural needs of particular localities or regions as they relate to the built environment and the community. They also work on large-scale projects such as new suburbs, towns, industrial areas, commercial and retail developments, urban renewal projects and transportation links. Planning is a broadly based discipline and it is possible to specialise in a wide range of fields, including strategic planning, urban design, environmental impact assessment, residential planning, commercial and industrial planning, heritage planning, tourism planning and social planning.

Personal requirements of a Urban and Regional Planner

  • Interested in social, economic, environmental and cultural issues
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Able to produce detailed and accurate work
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills

Education & Training for a Urban and Regional Planner

To become an urban and regional planner you usually have to study urban, regional or environmental planning at university. You may also consider other degrees that emphasise related fields such as architecture, economics, environmental management or science, geography and sociology. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,183

Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 24.3%

NT 0.7%

QLD 19.1%

SA 2.7%

TAS 1%

VIC 37.3%

WA 15%

Hours worked:

35.6

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 58.7%

Proportion of female workers 41.2%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 6.7%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 63%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 30.4%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 45.3%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 60.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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