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How to get into planning

As a planner you'll have the potential to develop a career where:

  • no two days are the same
  • you can make decisions that affect how people live in a positive way
  • you can join a profession that balances the needs of communities, businesses and the environment
  • you can shape the way our cities, towns and villages are developed and built

Planners work in all kinds of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors, or as self-employed consultants. They can also become involved in major projects throughout the world, so you may even get the chance to work overseas.

You will need to study to get a planning qualfication. The RTPI provides a list of universities offering accredited courses. The entry requirements for each course can be obtained from the university you are interested in.

If you are really keen in becoming a planner you could contact your local planning authority and speak to one of the staff.