: I got my Master's of Urban Planning recently. While I think my particular program is good at preparing you for the long-term, the short-term it is not. Do academics and planners not communicate? I learned all about housing, community development, economic development, and comprehensive planning. However, all the jobs and skills needed out there are in Current (Land Use) Planning. Also, it seems like one must have a background in Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, and Civil Engineering to understand the complexities of analyzing site plans. I always thought the planning profession was best when standards were kept high, but simplified -- instead of having 50 pages devoted to landscape regulations. The academics and the professionals need to communicate, because my planning programs don't prepare you for landscape architecture or urban design -- which is what the planning profession is being turned into.