Hello to all. I am new to the forums as well as new to the planning profession. I have a BS degree in Public Administration and a minor in Planning. I have a huge interest in urban design, and planning in general. Being new to the field (public sector), I've noticed a few things:
A) Developers/Architects/Engineers all get to design the aspects that we planners "write up". Who really develops these great planning ideals ? Developers or Planners? (Great ideas being 'Smart Growth', 'Green Building' etc...) I'll admit to being low on the totem pole as far as seniority goes (check the user name, ha), but being someone who really wants to make a change, is it all in the words (comp. plan, LDR's?)
B) Do the extra degree's really matter? All these job openings ask for either a -BS in Planning/Public Administration/Geography and X-amount of years experience, or a Masters in the above mentioned and maybe 6 months experience. Again, being new to the field, and not knowing what they teach MURP students, does a planning professional REALLY need a master's degree, or can they be just as sucessful with years of experience. I'm not trying to downplay anyone with a masters, or the masters degree in general (i would love to get one), but it seems that work experience in this field is very... important.
C) Are all of the really neat areas of planning in the private sector? Things seem to get really interesting in the private sector as far as planning urban areas go. That is really where my interests lie, but I am not sure having only worked in the public sector since the beginning of May. Anyone?