Good Morning All!
Foremost, I wanted to say "hey" and pass along my compliments to this board and all who post here. It's been a good long while since I've added to the (seemingly) countless (and informative) posts scattered throughout, but I've never stopped surfing, and owe a great deal of my knowledge of our field to the pearls I've picked up here.
That stated - a (very) brief intro, and then my question. I am currently a (25 year old) graduate student (City and Regional Planning) on the Central Coast of CA (undergraduate major in Planning as well), passionate about and dedicated to our field.
I have had internships in both the private (consulting firms specializing in urban design, public outreach) and the public (various cities) sectors. My full-time work experience consists of a roughly 2 year tenure as an assistant planner with the aforementioned consulting folks.
THAT stated... the question;
One of the final avenues of planning I have not yet been privey to experience is that of private development, and I wondered if anybody here might shed light as to the "what," "how" and "ifs" of that sub-sector.
- Do development/construction firms (and I am refering to larger companies, not small scale custom home designers and the like) retain regular staff planners?
- What kind of "planning" do they do for these companies? Urban design? Permiting?
- Would I need a background in business, architecture or some other field to be considered for employment in such firms?
- Finally (and probably most importantly), what are the prospects for such work? Are development sector planners well paid? Hired/fired often?
That's quite a laundry list of questions I know, and of course any information that sheds some light on my otherwise dark world of knowledge would be very much appreciated!
My thanks in advance!