This is my first post here. I've got a question about methods courses within planning programs, and which ones will prove to be more useful.
My program gives me a choice between quantitative or qualitative methods or GIS. I'm trying to base my decision upon which option has greater 'marketability' when it comes time for me to hit the pavement and find a job. I've taken an undergrad stats class which was a joke (we didn't even learn SPSS or any other software, just used a pencil and paper which was totally useless). I've also taken half of a GIS class (long story) which I enjoyed but seemed to get more and more complicated and I don't have a lot of patience with computer-design oriented stuff. And I've done interviews for research projects but I'm wondering how useful a course in qualitative methods would be outside of academia.
I know it might help for me to specify which aspect of planning I'm interested in pursuing, but I'm about to start my master's and I'm really not ready to commit at this point (nor am I expected to, obviously). I'd be primarily interested in working in land use, economic development/real estate, or housing and social policy type stuff.
Does anyone have any insight or recommendations?