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    Is my view realistic of the planning profession?

    Ok, I am in grade 12 and considering Planning as a career, but wondering if what I think of it is what it entails? I really enjoy planning out subdivisions and residential developments for consumers and would love planning developments out on paper and then providing the potential pool of consumers with in-depth presentations showing them all about my developments. I would eventually like to start my own Planning Consulting firm developing suburban communities. What do you guys think? Is that what planning entails? I'd definetely be interested in grad school whether it involves a Master of Planning or an MBA so I'd be more available for private sector. I have little interest in working public sector.

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    It sounds more like your interested in real estate development. Planners are more advisors than anything.

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    Sounds to me like you are interested in master planning and residential site design. I would go for a bachelors of architecture or landscape architecture, work for a few years, and earn an MBA or a real estate degree.

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    I would suggest Landscape Architecture, with an emphasis in Environmental Design.

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    In our firm the planners develop conceptual plans, usually for public clients, and incorporating extensive public participation in the process. The civil engineers work for developers, laying out detailed plans at the site or subdivision level. That's a simplification, but it gets to the heart of the matter. If you prefer to work at the conceptual level with the public, then consider planning. If you want to put together the detail with direction from the developer, then become an engineer.
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    The public side of planning deals with policy creation/interpretation, development review, and public participation. The private side are the ones that actually layout individual projects. The public and private sides hire planners, engineers, and landscape architects to do the work.

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    I would landscape architecture, but the only school for it in Canada is at the U of Guelph and I would apply but they require a portfolio and i have planned things on paper before but definetely not for what a portfolio requires to show artistic ability.

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