Urban planning community

+ Reply to thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Urban planning: ranked as a best career

  1. #1
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Boston
    Posts
    76

    Urban planning: ranked as a best career

    Hi, I noticed News & World Reports had a ranking of the Best Careers 2008 and Urban Planner is on the list (31 careers were listed). Just thought that might be of interest and wondering if there's any reaction to that.
    Here's the link: http://www.usnews.com/features/busin...eers-2008.html

  2. #2
    This is great! Thanks for sharing.

  3. #3
    Cyburbian Plus PlannerGirl's avatar
    Registered
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Va
    Posts
    4,604
    I'm laughing pretty loud in my cube, I wonder how they rate careers as "Best"?

    I love being a planner but it takes a certain self masochism to work in the mainstream (government, consultants etc) portion of the field.

    Lots of places NEED planning and wonderful planners but more oft than not it seems those places are the same places that don't pay well and don't support/believe in planning. Right now across the nation planners jobs are being cut as "not necessary" while our neighborhoods are going into decline or outright blight.
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

  4. #4
    Cyburbian hilldweller's avatar
    Registered
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Land of Confusion
    Posts
    3,736
    They say: "Median pay= $68,000"

    There's no way the median salary is this high.



    I could have sworn there was a thread on this topic a while ago...

  5. #5
    Cyburbian Plus PlannerGirl's avatar
    Registered
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Va
    Posts
    4,604
    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    They say: "Median pay= $68,000"

    There's no way the median salary is this high.
    Indeed there is a thread somewhere maybe in the FAC where we all talk about pay and how off the APA folks are in that little gem.
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

  6. #6
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Reno, Nevada
    Posts
    63
    I always like the polls where they ask citizens what are your biggest concerns - police and growth. Who gets laid off first in this scenario?

  7. #7
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Apr 2008
    Location
    American South
    Posts
    32
    CNN lists planning as one of "15 jobs that pay $50,000 and might be hiring". Their data shows the median planning salary as $53,967. That's probably fair -- but the "might be hiring" doesn't correspond to what I'm seeing (or better, what I'm not seeing) on the job boards these days.

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/workl...and/index.html

  8. #8
    Dan Staley's avatar
    Registered
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Front Range, CO
    Posts
    294
    Quote Originally posted by jkbrown View post
    I always like the polls where they ask citizens what are your biggest concerns - police and growth. Who gets laid off first in this scenario?
    Too true, and how well do we relay this issue to the publics and relate it to QOL, traffic, commute times, etc? The profession must do a better job of relating job what we do in our careers to everyday experiences. It is true that all to often we must rubber-stamp cr*ppy projects, but surely we can get in the habit of pointing out the good stuff.

  9. #9
    Cyburbian FueledByRamen's avatar
    Registered
    Oct 2003
    Location
    A Dog in a Hat
    Posts
    449
    I find the executive summary's description of "private sector planner" to be pretty off the mark.

    I wouldn't consider anyone planning a security system for a business park to be in the same career field as me. That falls in better with the locksmith/security specialist category (one of the other top 31 jobs on that list).

    I think that median salary might be accurate if you consider all the private sector planners and people that are kinda like planners (see above mentioned "security planners."

    However, I sure hope the median salary that strumpeace mentioned is way off. That seems more like a median starting (first 5 years) salary to me.

  10. #10
    Cyburbian Plan-it's avatar
    Registered
    Nov 2005
    Location
    In the Peach State
    Posts
    921
    Quote Originally posted by strumpeace View post
    CNN lists planning as one of "15 jobs that pay $50,000 and might be hiring". Their data shows the median planning salary as $53,967. That's probably fair -- but the "might be hiring" doesn't correspond to what I'm seeing (or better, what I'm not seeing) on the job boards these days.

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/workl...and/index.html
    The APA Salary Survey mentions that the median salary for all planners (regardless of public/private, region where you work, or years of experience) is $70,000/year. A planner with less that three years of experience (regardless of public/private or region where you work) has an average salary of less than $50,000/year (it looks like around $45,000 but I could not tell by the bar graph).
    Satellite City Enabler

+ Reply to thread

More at Cyburbia

  1. Replies: 2
    Last post: 29 Oct 2010, 4:48 PM
  2. Urban planning and IT career
    Career Development and Advice
    Replies: 1
    Last post: 09 Jun 2010, 1:27 AM
  3. Considering career in urban planning
    Career Development and Advice
    Replies: 5
    Last post: 04 Dec 2009, 1:19 PM
  4. Replies: 7
    Last post: 13 Mar 2007, 1:35 PM
  5. Replies: 8
    Last post: 15 Nov 2006, 1:00 PM