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Town Planners

Descriptions & Duties

  • Town Planners develop and implement plans and policies for the use of urban and rural land that can accommodate population growth and revitalise physical facilities in cities. They conduct research and study economic, environmental and social factors which affect land use.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Trade Specific Competencies

Town planning project management knowledge and skills

To lead town planning projects, Town Planners must manage projects from start to finish. They must coordinate effectively with different professionals and clients and have to make choices to ensure that the projects are well completed on time and within budget.

Professional knowledge and skills in town planning

Town Planners must always apply professional knowledge and skills in relation to town planning to solve issues and problems at work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • normally have a bachelor's degree in town planning

Professional qualification

  • generally are registered professional planners under the Planners Registration Ordinance; usually are full members of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) or equivalent; have at least 1 year's appropriate post-corporate membership experience in the planning field


  • mid- and senior-level planner positions usually require 5 to 8 years of work experience in planning, or in a specific planning specialty

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$90,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$140,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 18-27

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 32-44

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 45-49

Monthly Salary Directorate Pay Scale Point 1

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Work Environment

  • Town Planners usually work in office, but may spend a lot of time working at town planning sites to study the impact of town planning.

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