Planners earn competitive salaries and have excellent career prospects in New Zealand and abroad.
Planning is a profession dedicated to building communities. Planners work to protect the environment, guide growth, enhance economic development and improve peoples quality of life.
Skills Planners need
Relevant High School subjects
If you think a career in planning is for you, talk to your high school career advisor.
Planning Degree Structure
A career in Planning typically requires at least an undergraduate degree. Some choose to study planning at the postgraduate level after earning a degree in another field.
A planning degree may be structured as below:
For further information, check out the NZPI Tertiary Study section.
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
Organisations that need planners
Many organisations need good planners and there are a wide variety of places your career may take you.
Most planners work for:
Non-Government organisations (NGOs)
A day in the life of a planner
Some of the complex subjects’ planners work on include:
Planning is a great career that involves a variety of work, competitive pay, and is a profession with opportunities to work globally including the United Kingdom, America and Australia. Planning is rated among the best career options for the 21st century and planners are in demand. In 2018, the average starting salary for a graduate planner was $67,000  per annum.
 Source: New Zealand Planning Institute 2017/2018 Salary Survey Report
Examples of Planners Work
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.
For further information, check out our Planning as a Career section.
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