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Architectural and town planning technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist architects and planners with the design of buildings and the layout of urban and rural areas.


  • Investigates proposed design with regard to practicality, cost and use
  • Prepares building plans, drawings and specifications for use by contractors
  • Liaises with engineers and building contractors regarding technical construction problems and attends site meetings on behalf of architect
  • Surveys land and property uses and prepares report for planning authority
  • Issues development permits as authorised
  • Checks that completed work conforms to specifications.

Entry Requirements

Entrants possess a variety of qualifications including GCSEs/S grades, a BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III or a degree. Professional qualifications are available and membership to professional institutions may be required for some posts.

Industry Insights

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £26,000 per annum and can progress up to £44,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 2,892 employed Architectural & Town Planning Technicians in the region.

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