Architectural and town planning technicians


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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.


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.

Typical tasks

  • 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.

Common job titles

Technician, architectural
Designer, architectural
Technician, planning, town
Planner, construction
Assistant, planning (local government)
Assistant, architectural
Administrator (local government: town planning)
Planner, architectural
Officer, enforcement (town planning)
Assistant, architect's
Officer, enforcement, planning
Associate, architectural
Assistant, planning, town

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.