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

Avg. weekly wage:


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:




Gender split:

Male 58.7%

Female 41.2%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 6.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 63%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 30.4%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 45.3%

Above 35 years: 60.2%

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

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