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Careers in Planning

Otago's Master of Planning graduates have a first class reputation

Since its inception Otago's Master of Planning graduates have established an excellent reputation with employers in New Zealand and overseas.

Master of Planning graduates are employed by many planning and policy related agencies in the public and private sectors, including district and regional councils and central government departments.

We frequently have employers and practising planners visiting the School of Geography and we have a range of initiatives in place throughout the two-year programme to assist you in securing full-time planning employment once you have completed your degree.

Our Master of Planning graduates are employed by many planning and policy related agencies

Here is a list of some of the planning and policy agencies where our graduates can be found:

  • Christchurch EarthQuake Recovery Authority
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
  • Department of Conservation
  • Treasury
  • Department of Internal Affairs
  • Kai Tahu Ki Otago (KTKO Ltd)
  • Fish and Game, NZ
  • Transpower New Zealand
  • New Zealand Transport Agency
  • Boffa Miskell Ltd
  • GHD Consultants NZ
  • UK and Australia – various consultancies and councils

Master of Planning graduates have a range of transferable skills that can be applied across all government sector and private consultancy roles

These include:

  • A balanced appreciation of the significance and role of planning
  • An understanding of the provisions of the Resource Management Act and its implementation
  • An understanding of planning and environmental law
  • Identification, evaluation and analysis of policy options, and policy development and implementation skills
  • An ability to interact with people from different academic, professional and cultural backgrounds
  • An appreciation of equity, ethnic, gender and indigenous peoples' issues in planning
  • Project management, time management and organisational skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Group work and leadership skills
  • Public participation techniques
  • Appreciation of environmental mediation procedures and facilitation techniques
  • The ability to link theory with practice

What our graduates say about the Master of Planning degree

Profiles of some of our graduates.