First of all, this board has given me a tremendous amount of guidance, i put great value on most of your opinions.
First let me tell you guys a little about myself.I had posted previously about my situation, but instead of linking back to old posts i'll just say it again. I'm in my Jr. year of Undergrad at U. of South Alabama majoring in Geography, a school that does not offer any planning related degrees, be it BS or MS. I'm also older than most students, 24. I'm also married, my wife works in GIS for a local county government.
My plans are to stay on the East Coast, i have no desire to live anywhere west of the Mississippi. The thought of being in a tornado or earthquake scares the crap out me . I would also like to live in an already established major city ex... NYC, Chicago, Boston. So i guess this leads to my first question. From what i can tell it seems planning seems to thrive the most in rapidly expanding areas such as in the south/west and any suburban location. Are there any jobs in established major cities? If my goal is to live in NYC, how important is it that i attend a school with in close proximity to New York? I'm thinking Rutgers or NYU.
As i said earlier, my wife works in GIS for a local county. My father also works for another local county as a civil engineer. I have never met dumber people in all my life than the people that work for local governments. I sincerely do not want to be surrounded by stupid people. Is this just a southern thing? It also seems as though there is more financial oppurtunity in the private realm, is this the case? or are salaries nearly the same as the public realm?
Another long term goal of mine is to establish a Planning/GIS/architecture firm with my wife. I know this is taboo to talk about. Since i want to do this down the road, i'm under the impression that i should probably stick to the private sector rather than the public realm.
Any info would be great.