Careers in Urban Planning

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Urban planning graduates play a key role in how the places we live are managed and developed. Find out how their skills can be used across a wide range of sectors

Job Options

Jobs Related To Your Degree Include:

  • Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
  • Housing manager/officer
  • Local government officer
  • Town planner
  • Transport planner
  • Urban designer

    Jobs where your degree will be useful include:

  • Civil Service administrator
  • Community development worker
  • Environmental manager
  • Estates manager
  • Landscape architect
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Sustainability consultant

    Skills For Your CV

    Studying urban planning allows you to develop specialist knowledge in town and regional planning, providing you with a range of professional skills such as:


  • design and place making
  • knowledge of planning law and legislation
  • finance and policy development
  • strategic thinking
  • analytical research
  • making a reasoned argument
  • professional report writing and presentation
  • partnership working and collaboration.

    You also develop skills that are useful in many different career areas. These include:

  • verbal and written communication IT
  • negotiation and mediation
  • problem-solving
  • impartiality and diplomacy teamwork
  • creativity
  • decision-making
  • general and people management
  • pragmatism.

    Further Study

    Urban planning can be studied at postgraduate level, following the completion of a cognate degree. Some urban planning graduates go on to postgraduate study to further their planning knowledge or to specialise in a particular area. Postgraduate study, along with practical experience, is important if you want to secure chartered membership from NITP.

    Specialist courses for urban planning graduates can allow you to focus on topics including transport, urban design, urban regeneration, environmental planning or infrastructure.

    Other areas of further study, which can lead to related careers, include:

  • architecture
  • business management
  • built environment
  • landscape architecture
  • transport and planning.

    Source: Prospects uk.
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