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    Masters or not

    As of late I have been trying to land a planning job, without a Masters. I have a BA in Geography, and I did a 6-month intern city planner, which I loved. I graduated about 5 years ago, and have been in a GIS line of work for a wireless company ever since. I now want to get back into planning. I have sent out a few applications, and have gotten a couple of interviews, hopefully they will go well. My question is this, if you could guess, what is the percentage of Planners without a Masters?

    A few places won't even accept an application without a Master's it seems, that's why I'm asking.

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    Cyburbian spunky2's avatar
    Apr 2005
    Las Vegas, NV
    Depends on where you are. MN... I have no clue. I know in Socal hardly anyone had a masters. But in Norcal, you need a masters, PhD preferable, AICP required. It's weird up there. Here in Las Vegas, I'm the only one with a masters that I know of. I'm sure they are out there, I just haven't met them yet. A masters did help me get a job with no contacts or networking, so it's still worthwhile...

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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
    Apr 2003
    Somewhere between the mountains and the ocean.
    This Thread might be of help.
    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 nerudite's avatar
    Aug 2001
    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    This Thread might be of help.
    I don't think that thread is a good indicator of the new wave of planners... those fresh out of school.

    I have seen a growing number of planners going on for the masters right now. Unless you have significant (i.e. 5 or more years) experience in the field right now, I think that getting a masters would position you better in the coming years. I don't have a masters, and I'm even thinking that I could use one sometime (and I have over 15 years of experience as a professional planner). Upper Mgmt jobs especially are becoming harder to get without a masters. Right now I'm middle management (branch manager), but department heads may be going to masters minimum in which case I'd be hooped if I ever tried to go higher in the organization. I don't think that's much of a problem for me since I really like my current position and probably wouldn't want to deal with the political headaches of the next job up.

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