Calling all planners!
January 4, 2013 2:09 PM Subscribe
Should I go into Urban Planning?
posted by Polyhymnia to Work & Money (25 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my mid-twenties, with a BA in Music and an MA in Anthropology. The MA was meant to be a PhD but I grew dissatisfied with my program fairly quickly and left after completing my master's. In the two years since, I've done two different AmeriCorps programs (one VISTA, one conservation corps) in an attempt to reconfigure my life plan. I struggled with finding a direction during this time.
I finally realized that my interest in both research and in social justice pointed somewhere in the direction of urban planning. I have a strong interest in community and economic development. More recently I got the opportunity to work with New York's Office of Emergency Management following Hurricane Sandy, which I loved. My current desire is to work for a community development non profit though I'm also pretty happy to let the wind take me where it wants.
However, I am wary of the fact that urban planning seems to be "trending" right now, a bit like library science was about five years ago (yeah, I almost went that route, too). So, here are my actual questions:
Current planners, where do you think the field is going in terms of hiring and job availability?
Will this be a wise investment in my education/career? Or will I end up in debt and still not very employable?
Finally, how do I best plan ahead in grad school to make myself employable if I do get my MUP, especially given my desire to do anti-poverty and community development work?
Any and all advice you can give would be very welcome and I'm happy to answer any clarifying questions if necessary.