The majority of town planners are employed by the government and local authorities, although opportunities for work in other areas are increasing. Some large firms such as house-builders, supermarkets and utility companies employ planners to deal with their planning work. Planners also work for environmental and conservation charities. There are opportunities to work abroad.
Career progression can include movement into senior planning roles, coordinating area or regional policy and strategy or working for specialist consultants.
Training and experience as a town planner can open up job opportunities in careers such as industrial promotion, environmental management, urban design, recreation management, market research, property development, resource management and data processing.