So, I've been looking for work as an entry or mid-level planner for most of 2010, and I've definitely noticed some trends in the location of these positions.
I noticed three major concentrations:
Rocky Mountain West
Midwest (oustide of the Rust Belt)
Virginia and North Carolina
A few in South and Central Florida
Some of these trends are surprising and some not-so-much. The Rocky Mountain West and VA/NC were the least surprising to me, but I am a little surprised to see so many jobs in the Midwest, with the most being in KS, MO, IA, and IN, and a few in northern MI, suburban Chicago, and SE WI.
I am also surprised at the areas where I haven't really seen too many entry/mid level jobs. Like, where's Texas? I've seen probably a dozen entry and mid-level job ads in VA & NC each, but I haven't seen much from TX, which has been growing like gangbusters and supposedly hasn't been hit as hard by the recession. But perhaps they hired a glut of planners right before the economy dropped out. In the same realm, I've seen hardly anything from other fast-growing metros with lots of jurisdictions like Atlanta and Minneapolis.
I am also surprised to not see much from Arizona. I know the housing bubble probably plays a role, but that place was growing so much, you'd still think there would be somewhat of a need down there.
Granted, most of the job ads I see are on Cyburbia, the APA, and occasionally the State APA websites. So maybe I'm missing something?
Anybody else notice these trends, or have you observed other trends? Any further explanation?