Career outlook for town planner
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help to shape the way towns and cities develop and improve the environments people live in. You would balance the demands placed on land by housing, business, transport and leisure with the needs of the community.
You could work in a wide variety of planning areas, for example:
- Urban design
You could specialise in just one type of planning or work for an organisation that operates across several areas. You might work in either the public or private sector.
Your tasks would depend on your role. You might:
- Make plans for creating affordable, energy efficient homes
- Study the impact of new transport schemes
- Plan renewable energy generation sites like wind farms
- Redesign urban spaces to improve safety, reduce traffic and increase the number of green areas
- Develop parks, woodlands and waterways in a sustainable way
- Conserve old buildings, archaeological sites and areas of interest
- Manage waste and work on initiatives like recycling
- Develop planning policies for government at a local and national level
- Make decisions about planning applications
- Advise the public, businesses and land developers on planning policies, rules and regulations
- Enforce planning rules and regulations on building projects
- Organise meetings to listen to ideas and hear concerns about planning proposals from local people
You would use surveying techniques, geographical information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design (CAD) to draw up plans. You would then make recommendations to councils.
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