Town Planning Career


It involves preparing reports, sometimes on a tight deadline, addressing large groups of people in order to convince them to switch to a certain mode of thinking depending on various projects. Carrying out research on various topics that one may be working on, carrying out educational awareness on environmental issues, coming up with designs and layouts and using IT tools such as CAD.

How to Become a Town Planner

Get a High School qualification. You can then enroll for a diploma or degree program in a planning field. You can seek further qualification by pursuing a master’s degree and a doctorate degree.  Certification is offered through American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). You will have to take an exam to be certified. Joining professional organizations is advisable. Professional organizations require at least two years experience before registering for membership.

Types, Description, Information

You can choose to specialize in Environmental Regeneration, Urban Regeneration and Urban Design. You can also diverge to work in data processing, market research and property development.

Qualifications: Courses, Training, Certification

Some of the training courses you can take in college include Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Planning and Management, Town and Country Planning and Land Management. There are also postgraduate degree programs in Urban Design, Housing, Transport and Planning, Urban Renewal and Planning Practice and Research. These programs are available through campus based colleges. Certification online courses offer shorter courses. Check out whether the training problem has been accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) before enrolling.

Some of the classes you will attend in a town planning training course include computer classes, Geographical Information Systems, Surveying and mapping.

Schools, Colleges, Universities

As a prerequisite for admission, you will need to submit your GRE and SAT scores, in addition to your High School Transcripts. You will also need to present transcripts for any other college that you have attended. Popular colleges for those interested in Town Planning Careers include:

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in New Jersey

University of North Carolina

University of Illinois at Urbana

University of Florida

Florida Atlantic University

Job opportunities, Salaries and Recruitment

Job opportunities can be found either in the public or private sector.

Job search for those in the industry is not that difficult since there are more job opportunities than qualified people to fill them.

The average pay for those in the town planning career is $57,000. The amount of salary depends on your level of experience and how demanding the project you are working on in, apart from who your employer is.

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