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  1. #1
    Sep 2004
    Phoenix, Arizona

    Urban planning as a profession

    Right now I'm a pre-business student freshman. I have always had an interest in cities and transportation and layout etc. I just recently tried to find on the internet if it were a profession or not and got this website. Can I get some info on the job, how much it pays, do I need to be elected to get a job, can I minor in urban planning, etc.

  2. #2
    Oct 2003
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Quote Originally posted by Orion
    Can I get some info on the job, how much it pays, do I need to be elected to get a job, can I minor in urban planning, etc.
    There are similar threads on this topic already you might try reading. Don't expect to get rich as a planner. No it is not an elected position. As for minoring in planning, that would depend on your college. I haven't seen a job posting for a planner yet that would accept a minor in planning.

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    Cyburbian GeogPlanner's avatar
    Aug 2001
    Capital Region, NY
    Check the Student Lounge for more threads on this topic. As for a minor in planning...I'd say if you had a greater interset in Public Policy or a realted field first, and a passing interest in planning, that would be why you'd choose the planning minor. I myself double majored in college...
    "A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." --Steve Martin

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    moderator in moderation Suburb Repairman's avatar
    Jun 2003
    at the neighboring pub
    One of the more popular minors for Bach Public Administration students at Texas State is urban and regional planning. Talk to your advisors/professors in both the business school and planning school about what you are wanting to do and maybe they can give you some guidance for where that could take your career. If it turns out that you are really into planning, you might consider a double major or switching your major to planning and minoring in business. That might be helpful in getting you on the private sector side of planning.

    As for how much you can make, it really depends. Don't expect to be living in some palace on a hill, but most of us make a comfortable living. The American Planning Association website has areas for job postings as well as most state chapters of the APA. You can also check with your state municipal league, association of counties, etc for job information and listings. Here's a link to the APA to get you started: American Planning Association . You might also check with your planning school to see if they have a copy of the APA salary survey.

    Hope that helps!

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
    Apr 2003
    Somewhere between the mountains and the ocean.
    Quote Originally posted by Orion
    ...can I minor in urban planning, etc.
    Some places offer it as a Major or a Minor. If not, you can look at Geography, they might have the classes you are looking for. APA is a good place to start, also check with your state chapter of the APA. They may be able to find someone to meet with you, find programs, and maybe scholarships.

    As for the getting rich, if you are smart enough determined enough, and creative enough, you can get rich doing anything.
    If you want different results in your life, you need to do different things than you have done in the past. Change is that simple.

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    Cyburbian The One's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where Valley Fever Lives
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    I wouldn't bother with a minor in urban planning (even if available). Focus on GIS or some other subject that is of more use with a career....
    “The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of non-violence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.”
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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