Even after exhaustive job searching, I'm still not sure what skills and knowledge employers are looking for in an entry-level planner.
I'm very new to the field, graduating with a B.A. in anthropology, and I've been trying to pick up the linguo of this field to construct a picture of what it is I would be doing in reality and how I could possibly be a better fit. I want to know three things: 1) what do these job descriptions translate to in reality and 2) where I can get that knowledge and 3) a general question: besides GIS, what is the skill/knowledge that helps someone get through the door in urban planning ? It looks like knowledge of zoning, am I correct ?
For example, what does "working with zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, the comprehensive plan & a variety of related documents" translate to in reality ?
What does it mean to "work with zoning ordinances ?" Are you researching zoning ordinances and/or writing reports on them ? Where can I get that knowledge ?
Or for another example, "Under general supervision, administers the zoning requirements of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). Performs professional planning work of moderate difficulty in analysis of technical data, developing, and revising plans, studies, and ordinances; reviewing development proposals; or implementing and monitoring zoning progams" Same content of questions as with the first example: what does it mean to "administer and monitor the zoning requirements of the UDO" ? Am I going to have to know GIS or is it just statistics ?
Or this example: "City Planners I/Land-Use Specialty perform moderately difficult and responsible professional planning assignments ranging from developing and evaluating land use plans." What is the work involved in developing and then evaluating a land use plan ?
I've read many threads as to the day of a life of a planner, the student lounge, but I'm still not sure. Any help shedding light on these descriptions from your own experiences I would appreciate greatly.