Also known as city or urban planning, town planning is a career field that offers a variety of employment opportunities, including low-level jobs such as temporary internships and high-level executive positions that require management skills, as reported by the American Planning Association. Planners can find work in the private, nonprofit and public sectors, with government job opportunities available in federal, state and municipal government offices. Town planners help determine the best way to use land, including planning communities and designing the layout of cities and transportation networks.
Planning professionals often specialize in a specific area, such as transportation planning or land use planning, according to CollegeGrad.com. Regardless of the area of focus, planners tend to work in offices and hold regular business hours, working during weekdays. Some planners may need to visit sites in order to gather information or may need to meet with other professionals or government officials to get their work done.
The exact type of employment available to a prospective town planner may depend heavily on the candidate's education. Most planning jobs require a graduate degree, though it may be possible to get a low-level job as a town planner with a bachelor's degree and a good amount of relevant work experience in fields such as public policy or architecture.