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Town planning assistant Town planning technician

Town planning assistants process planning applications, advise the public about regulations and carry out computer design work and office administration.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but A levels in subjects like geography, graphic design, business studies, English, environmental studies or economics could be useful.

Experience in customer service, administration, construction or surveying could also be helpful.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • technical drawing and computer aided design (CAD) skills
  • the ability to understand and interpret data
  • the ability to read technical diagrams and maps

3. What you'll do

You could work for the government or local authorities, in the private sector for real estate companies, house builders, supermarkets or utility companies, or for environmental or conservation bodies.

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • preparing reports for internal and external publications
  • recording minutes at meetings
  • building and managing technical libraries, filing systems and databases
  • drawing up plans using computer aided design software
  • carrying out data surveys, like traffic impact assessments
  • supplying information and data to planners for applications
  • recording the progress and outcomes of planning applications
  • organising public meetings
  • answering enquiries about application procedures

You might also work in planning enforcement, which will involve:

  • helping individuals and businesses to meet the conditions set out in their application decisions
  • gathering information to use as evidence in planning disputes
  • presenting reports on legislation to planning committees, magistrates and judges

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £19,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: Up to £30,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work around 38 hours a week, Monday to Friday.

You'll mainly be office-based, with you might also visit sites and attend meetings and conferences.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to team leader or move up to technician level. With further study, you could become a fully qualified town planner.

You could also set up your own business and offer consultancy in areas like planning law and sustainable design.

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Last updated: 11 April 2017