Urban and Regional Planners develop and implement plans and policies for the controlled use of urban and rural land, and advise on economic, environmental and social factors affecting land use.
Specialisations: Land Planner, Town Planner, Traffic and Transport Planner
Earnings are for full-time workers before taxes, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Employment size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
The Department of Jobs and Small Business estimates the likely change in number of workers over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change, compared to all other occupations. Possible ratings are
Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job tasks. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job. Entry level jobs often need no prior training or experience. Possible ratings are
A lower unemployment rate shows people who work in this job are less likely to be out of work than people who work in other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
Average full-time hours is the actual hours worked in this job per week, by people who work full-time hours in all of their jobs combined.
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The number of Urban and Regional Planners grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years: from 13,800 in 2018 to 14,900 by 2023.Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,200 a year).
A Bachelor Degree or higher is required to work in this job.
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Employers look for Urban and Regional Planners who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Planning and coordination of people and resources.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Reading work related information.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Talking to others.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities.
Communicate by speaking.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use rules to solve problems.
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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
Deciding on goals and the figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you use electronic mail?
How often do you talk on the telephone?
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?
How important is it to work with others in a group or team?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.