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    Planning career / job types

    Planning Career/Job types

    I am a practicing Urban Planner for a Municipal government, However I am curious to know where else my degree can lead me when the time comes to move on

    This thread is intended to give examples of agencies and career fields “Planners” are qualified to apply for:

    Local Government Planning
    CDC’s
    Urban Design
    Private Planning Consulting firms

    What else is there?

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    Perhaps NGOs that advocate for a particular cause? Say, an organization that focuses on the environment - if you have expertise in environmental-focused planning, this may be an option. Same for any other subcategory of urban planning.

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    Planners work for larger corporations such as Walgreens, Home Depot, etc. Some of their responsibilities include site selection and the entitlement process.

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    Quote Originally posted by nrschmid View post
    Planners work for larger corporations such as Walgreens, Home Depot, etc. Some of their responsibilities include site selection and the entitlement process.
    That is something that would be right up my alley (eventually). However the only job I ever came across of this type was a position with Giant Eagle I came across is the NewsPaper. Is there a good site to look for these type of jobs or what type of search would it be for the career sites such as monster.com.. Real Estate Site Selection? Project Manager Site Selection? I dont know??

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    Quote Originally posted by wv06 View post
    That is something that would be right up my alley (eventually). However the only job I ever came across of this type was a position with Giant Eagle I came across is the NewsPaper. Is there a good site to look for these type of jobs or what type of search would it be for the career sites such as monster.com.. Real Estate Site Selection? Project Manager Site Selection? I dont know??
    I would go to Fortune.com, start with the Fortune 500 companies, go to their career pages, and start looking. Informational interviews with these companies would also be a good thing, to find out if you really want to work there. Corporations operate differently than consulting firms.

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    Quote Originally posted by wv06 View post
    That is something that would be right up my alley (eventually). However the only job I ever came across of this type was a position with Giant Eagle I came across is the NewsPaper. Is there a good site to look for these type of jobs or what type of search would it be for the career sites such as monster.com.. Real Estate Site Selection? Project Manager Site Selection? I dont know??
    Site Acquisition [noun], perhaps Specialist or Real Estate something or other.

    You might try company websites. I've seen on-line classifieds for KFC, other fat foods, and our local hypermart Meijer. National chains probably need someone local (why fly someone up from, oh, say, Bentonville, when you can deploy a nearby person).

    Site acq can be interesting work. Plenty of opportunity to make mistakes (sometimes forgiven on the client end). If you're an employee at a company, there are lengthy deployment meetings/calls. One of my counterparts (in charge of two not-northern states) attends every freakin' site walk and zoning hearing, which means she's away from home probably 10 nights/month.

    If you work as a contractor (hired by the corporation's site acquisition department) you might make very good money. In some industries (wireless telecom comes to mind) projects come and go, are started and stopped, funded and pulled, sometimes with no warning. (Just before my big emigration, a project was slowed on a Monday, and on Friday it was, "have a nice life.")

    Oh, and the "professional" aspect of this type of work is sorely lacking. (Check my posts in the "drive you crazy at work" thread.)

    HTH

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    I think an interesting area of Planning would be working as a Planner for one of the Federal agencies that manage public lands. They have Planning jobs that involve land and natural resources planning and recreation Planner type jobs that involve planning things like dispersed recreation programs.

    It requires a deeper knowledge of the pressures that recreation puts on the environment and natural resource management/analysis but is still a valid outlet for Planners.
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    I've got a friend who's into the campus planning aspect and he's moving on to college administration.

    Also we have a City Administrator and a Director of a 911 Emergency call center who are city planners. Another one I know is a VP in a bank

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    double post!

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