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    Job prospects in Raleigh-Durham?

    Does anyone know about the job prospects for planners in this region? Also, does anyone know about or have advice on internships for folks who already have degrees?

    I posted some of this earlier under "Need Help," but basically I'm unemployable in the DC area. I graduated with a MURPL in Dec 2006 and have had 13 unsuccessful job interviews. Finally, a very helpful human resources worker explained that without experience, I was not even qualified for a planner technician job in his county. This position only requires an associates degree (but does require experience).

    What's put me in a pickle is that I need to earn more than child care costs, because we're out of savings (extended unemployment does that). But in Raleigh, we can live on my wife's income while I work for free to get experience. I'm not stuck on this area, but it does seem to fit the bill for a lower cost of living while still offering job prospects, but I need to know the latter for sure. So if anyone knows if hiring freezes are coming or if it's a very bad area to get started, I could really use this information. For reasons that I haven't determined yet, Charlotte seems to have few jobs in planning right now. One other thing, there is a MURP program in Raleigh. If taking more classes would help, I can have that option (though schooling doesn't seem to be the answer). Any advice would be much appreciated.

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    Raleigh-bound

    While I am not entirely sure about the regional outlook, I think things are pretty good in that area, since I just got a job in the area from out of state. There were many jobs posted in the area for newly-minted master's degree holders that I applied for (although I come with some experience). Someone on this board posts up all the North Carolina jobs, but I would also look at the North Carolina APA site, seemed to have more than the national APA.
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    You could also try the Jobs Listings maintained by the Department of City & Regional Planning (DCRP) at UNC Chapel Hill. They aren't all local jobs, but it's a start, and there might be internships available.

    http://dcrpjobs.blogspot.com/

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    Thanks. It might have taken me a while to discover that one. And thanks Beach Bum. If you know anything about the city/county budgets, could you let me know? That is, are they having cuts or is it business as usual, etc.

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    there has been some internship posted on the NC Plan listserve. Here is some information it.

    http://www.sog.unc.edu/organizations.../listserv.html

    I recall a posting by one of the municipalities in Wake County posted recently. I would say cold call Holly Springs, Apex, Wendell, Cary, Rolesville, and Morrisville. They may have funding for a position but are not advertising right now.

    Good Luck

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    Quote Originally posted by Guy905 View post
    Thanks. It might have taken me a while to discover that one. And thanks Beach Bum. If you know anything about the city/county budgets, could you let me know? That is, are they having cuts or is it business as usual, etc.
    Not too sure about that, but the muni I got a job with was hiring another planner in a more specialized area of planning (sorry for the vagueness, just don't want to advertise exactly where I got the job). My general impression of the area is that it is growing, therefore, places are hiring and people are moving around. To be honest, I applied for many jobs in the area because I had heard how much it was growing and thought it would be a good place to start a career.
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