transportation planner post-college
May 28, 2010 8:45 PM Subscribe
what jobs are out there in transportation planning for the liberal artsy type just out of college + wandering back home to Boston?
posted by elephantsvanish to Work & Money (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm gradually falling in love with transportation systems. I'm in Tokyo, in awe of the massive&intricate railways, and feel myself wanting to help people, whether daily commuters or special needs students, get where they need to go. And I want to do this work in or near Boston, where family lives.
What entry-level jobs are available in the field? I am less interested in driving or conducting, and far more of a planner/writer type. However, I would be willing to try various things out. My dream criteria for work is that I want to serve a community in some sense, and have an outlet for situated creativity (ie not freelancing poetry, but problem-solving in a way I can feel immersed in and proud of.)
I am currently still an anthropology major in college, and will be done next year. I may intern with a district planning council in my college town in the fall and (hopefully) work on a youth bus project; I also just finished a year internship with a cooperative business planning/education council. Yada yada, resume. But I want to jump out of the interny framework and better understand the spectrum of possibilities in Boston, perhaps in a longterm-career sense. I also would like to avoid becoming an NGO nomad, and instead, work with civic/governmental infrastructure directly.
Any particular types of jobs come to mind? I'm considering grad school but want to give it a little while. If I should think smaller (or about serving chai-mocha-whatevers at Starbucks) for the time being, you can let me know that, too.