Options with a degree in urban planning
Urban planning graduates play a key role in managing and developing the places we live in to make them safer, more sustainable and healthier
These skills, along with other factors of career choice – what you like doing (your interests), what’s important to you (your values) and your personality type – will help you make informed career decisions. Remember that your career may be based on the skills you’ve gained over the course of your degree studies.
Some of the main career options with an Urban Planning degree are:
- Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
- Housing manager/officer
- Local government officer
- Town planner
- Transport planner
- Urban designer
You can find out more about these on Prospects what can I do with my degree? as well as the wide variety of jobs where your skills and knowledge are applicable.
Useful resources to help with your careers research
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has some useful information on careers support.
icould website also has a full range of careers information interviews and case studies featuring numerous different roles which you can search through and view online. Some relevant case studies are listed below
If you are interested in gaining some voluntary experience locally you may find the following websites helpful
- Volunteer Scotland advertises a number of local and national volunteering vacancies
- Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action advertises a number of Dundee based volunteering vacancies
Internships and work experience
- University of Dundee JobShop
- ARUP have advertised planning internships over the last few years
- Savills Early Careers Work placement opportunities
- GoinGlobal – international internships and job options
- Tayplan – The Strategic Development Planning Authority for Dundee, Angus , Perth and North Fife – They have a get involved information page
Finding a graduate job
- Planning Resource for planning vacancies across the sector
- PlanningJobs.com doe planning vacancies across the sector
- Planning Portal
- myjobscotland for local authority vacancies
- Mott Macdonald recruit graduate planners
- ARUP recruit for graduate planners
- Savills Graduate Programme
- Pegasus Group recruit for graduate planners
- You might also want to contact employers direct by using the RTPI’s Online Directory of Planning Consultants, which contains the contact details for many UK and Ireland based consultancies. The contact details for UK local authorities is also a good place to narrow your search to a particular geographical location.
The following websites may be helpful to search the wider job market, where your transferable skills can be applied.
Many leading UK employers across all industries run graduate training programmes, to discover the benefits of these schemes and how you apply the links below will help: