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    Job prospects and graduate specializations

    Hi,
    I'm attending UIC's Grad school this Fall and am trying to figure out what I want to specialize in. Since most of the concentrations are of interest to me, I was wondering what possibly has the highest employment rate for graduate students.
    The concentrations include the following: 1)community development 2) transportation 3) economic development 4) physical planning 5) international planning.
    Does anyone which concentration has the highest employment rate or any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Megan

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    I'm glad you posted this question as I am having similar difficulty deciding upon a specialization (I will begin my study at Columbia this fall). If anyone can elaborate on international planning and how it differs from western planning, that would be greatly appreciated.

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    I don't have hard numbers, but my gut says transportation and economic development.

    Transportation planning is going to be the rage for a while, as the importance of alternate transportation becomes more critical. It's also more likely to pay better - traffic engineers get paid very well, and even highly-paid transportation planners are going to look cheap next to them.

    Economic development is always good - even in down times, communities want to chase the dollars, and it's always important to be able to justify the worth of projects. Here, too the money should be better than average. The closer you are to the money, the more you're worth. If you can write grant proposals, you're always able to get jobs.....

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    I chose to be a generalist and take the non-concentration route. I have found that the job market in my part of the country is quite receptive to folks like me.

    If I were choosing concentrations, though, I would go in this order:

    1) Community/economic development
    2) Housing
    3) Transportation

    Best wishes.

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    What do you think of environmental planning prospects?

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    General Planning is also a highly sought after 'specialization' Most of planning in the public sector is done by planners that work on many aspects of those specializations for their communities. Knowing a little about alot of different things is in high demand! If you can get any certifications for the specializations I recommend that, I have a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation that served me well in my post-graduation job hunt.
    "Never invest in any idea you can't illustrate with a crayon." ~Peter Lynch

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    Quote Originally posted by CaneGardenBay View post
    What do you think of environmental planning prospects?
    Not great.

    The environmental side of things is over-hyped, and the environmental engineers have all the work locked up.

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    Environmental Planning

    Yah, I was thinking about Environmental Planning but figured it would be geared towards those with a heavy science background, or technical expertise. Kind of like Transportation Planning works well with Civil Engineering backgrounds.

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