The salaries planners earn are attractive, there are excellent career prospects throughout the world, and the skills you would develop can be used in other professions.
Planning is a profession that builds communities, protects the environment, enhances economic value and improves the choices for where and how people live, work and spend their leisure time.
What Planners need to know
Planning is a broad profession. Subjects that are relevant include:
Useful High School Subjects for a Job in Planning
If you are interested in exploring a career in planning, it is a good idea to talk your options over with your local high school career advisor.
What a Typical Planning Degree Includes
Planners are trained professionals, and a 4 year university degree in planning is required. Some choose to study planning at the postgraduate level after earning a degree in another field.
YEAR ONE: Introduction to Planning
Planning Theory, Resource Management, Sustainable Development Methods
YEAR TWO: Core Subjects in Planning
Planning Law, Environment, Heritage, Treaty of Waitangi, Planning Methods
YEAR THREE: Advanced Planning Topics
Planning Practice, Planning Methods, Geographic Information Systems
YEAR FOUR: Planning Specialisations
Transport, Maori, Natural Hazards, Urban Design, Structure Plans
For further details, check out the NZPI Tertiary Study section.
Where Planners Work
Planning work is extremely varied. Most planners work for:
Some of the complex problems planners solve involve:
Career Prospects & Pay
Planning is a great career that involves a variety of work, great pay, and excellent career prospects around the world. Planning is rated among the best career options for the 21st century and planners are in demand globally. In 2018, an average starting salary for a graduate planner was $67,000pa
Where to Study
There are five Universities within NZ that offer NZPI accredited planning degrees, these are:
Check out the Tertiary Study section for full details
Award Winning Projects
The New Zealand Planning Institute Awards celebrates the important role of the planning profession and highlights the best of the best from around the country. They are presented annually at our annual conference for Planners
For further information, check out our Planning as a Career section.
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