Required Skills / Knowledge

Planners think about the Future, People, Places and the Environment.


A key skill needed by planners is the ability to bring together a wide range of information, and to present it in a concise and analytical manner. Gathering information requires both qualitative and quantitative research skills. Data must be analysed, options assessed, and recommendations made on the best option.

Skills Planners Need

  • Problem Definition
  • Listening and Observation
  • Consultation
  • Analysis and Evaluation
  • Solving Problems
  • Implementing Plans
  • Negotiation
  • Mediation
  • Monitoring
  • Team Work


Knowledge Planners Need

  • Geography, the nature of places
  • Sociology, the nature of communities
  • Ecology, natural processes, plants, animals and landscapes
  • Economics, the nature of production and consumption
  • Management, the nature of organisations
  • Along with law, analytical methods, communications skills and politics


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