Urban and regional planners advise on economic, environmental, social and cultural issues relating to the development of land and resources. They may also work on the design of new suburbs, towns, industrial areas, commercial and retail developments, urban renewal projects and transportation links.

Where urban and regional planners are employed

They work in state, territory and local governments and there are also opportunities for employment in specialised consulting practices or financial and real estate institutions. Planners may also assist in conservation and development issues for large resource projects.


Full-time urban and regional planners in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

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Job prospects

In 2011 there were 449 people employed full-time as urban and regional planners in South Australia compared with 352 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need a degree in urban, regional, community and/or environmental planning. You may also consider other degrees that emphasise related fields of architecture, economics, environmental management or science, geography and sociology. At school consider doing English and maths.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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