I have a Masters in Public Administration (plus some additional grad courses in Urban Sociology) and have worked for the past 6 years as an analyst planning and evaluating waste reduction policies and programs in New York City government. I have not done permitting, land use reviews, site plan reviews, EIS's or other tasks in what my colleagues call "hard planning" but am generally aware of what these activities entail. Instead, have a background in statistics, policy research, program development, economic analysis, etc. (i.e. policy wonkish type things).
But now I want to move to New England and become a regional planner. Without boring everyone with the details about why, I would just like to ask: do you think it is feasible for me to break into this field without an M.U.P.? I have a bit of GIS experience but not much. I have been reading the posts on this forum and it seems that planning is a very competitive field to break into...