I just graduated from college last may with a BS in economics. I currently work on the finance side at a consulting firm that does a lot of international development (specifically infrastructure). I would like to move to the consulting side of the business, but know I need some sort of graduate degree. I am interested in urban planning, and have spoken with several of the consultants here and they say planning issues come up a lot. But before I start even trying to get into a graduate program I want to make sure that
1) if things don't work out here, I would be able to get a job pretty easily somewhere else?
2) having the graduate degree would significantly boost my potential salary?
I just recently started to worry about this, because I also have a second job at a restaurant, and there seem to be a good amount of people with graduate degrees (none in planning) doing nothing with the degree and working full time at a restaurant. If I am to put forth the money, time, and effort to earn a graduate degree, I want to make sure it is worth it.