Good afternoon -
I am currently working as an architect in Louisville, KY and am generally unhappy with what the job and from I've seen career really are compared to the rosy art and design of school. In school I took several urban studios and always walked away with a much greater sense of accomplishment and general happiness than studio's that focused on a building. Given my general malaise with architecture I am (again) looking into planning / urban studies / urban design but am at a general loss as how to get into the field, other than go through job sites and submit my resume and hope it gets noticed.
I have my B.Arch and am pretty close to being able to complete my registration to get accredited with AIA but like I mentioned earlier - I don't really care for the specifics of building design (or the developers that change their mind on what they want every 10 minutes) - at this point AIA registration would be more for the sake of completing it than anything else (assuming I don't stick with architecture.) I have done some site planning work at my current job (mostly retail outlots) and did a good amount in school but really don't have 'planning' experience per se.
Is it worth going back to school and getting a M.UP or M.Arch with a focus on planning or just dive in headfirst into the field? UofL and UK both have a masters - UofL is a M.UP and UK is an M.Arch in Urban Planning or something along those lines.
What are good jobs to look for when getting into planning? I don't know the specific job titles, and they seem to change depending on where you are looking anyways. Ive seen Planner I / II, City Planner, Urban Planner among others but not knowing the intricacies of the field its hard to know what to shoot for.