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    Cyburbian
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    Design software helpful for planning jobs?

    Hi all!
    I applied to a very competitive master of planning program this year, made the waiting list, but didn't make it in. Now, I'm looking for entry-level jobs in the planning field, especially those more geared towards urban design. I've heard in architecture there is autoCAD and now Revit, which are very useful to know when looking for a job in that area. Is there design software like those that planners/urban designers use as well that I should probably learn to help my chances when looking for a job?

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    Cyburbian The District's avatar
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    obviously, it depends on the firm you end up working for, but my recommendations include AutoCAD, Adobe CS Suite, and Sketchup. I'm sure others will make further recommendations, but those are going to be pretty useful/important in searching for jobs in UD.

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    Photoshop and Illustrator (which are now part of Creative Suite). I would also add familiarity with GIS/GPS. Hand-drawing skills are also extremely important. What is your college degree/previous experience? Most urban design jobs will typically require you to have the required degree/coursework as well as have the skills already in place as part of the job application.

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    Interesting reponses. I started out in architecture but do very little when it comes to using the software packages suggested above. I do use ArcInfo, but I am no means an exert at it. I use on a daily basis Lotus, Oracle, Visio, and other packages to manage and adminster projects.

    Your software tools and skills really need to reflect your job instead of your job reflecting your tools.
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