I was accepted into an Environmental Studies degree program at a top school. One of the concentrations is Environmental Policy where one can pretty much focus on land use and Environmental Planning courses.
Many of the courses overlap with the School of Design's City Planning Masters program.
I am sure you guys have had to deal with people like me who develop a passion for urban/environmental planning in their mid 20s after they've already majored and worked in a different field after undergrad. I am no exception. The career sounds very appealing and downright the most interesting of any design major.
My question is obviously the pay. I have heard the horror stories about low pay and dismal job growth, but is this likely to end soon? At least after I am done with the degree in about 3 years?
Also how marketable would I be in the field after taking extensive hard science courses like enviro. chem., hydrology, enviro. anaylsis, coupled with policy, land use and planning courses?
I am also thinking about taking advantage of a GIS/Spatial Analysis specialization certificate.
Should I continue on to a Masters in City and Regional Planning at the Design School or is the Enviro.Policy Masters enough?
Please, be honest with me about the situation of planners today. I need all the advice I could get as I will be investing almost 60k into this degree and coupled with my undergrad I will be almost 100k in debt!
I need to know if it's a worthwhile investment?
If not, then I will switch over to the Applied Geoscience degree in the same department contingent upon some pre-reqs and go into hyrdology/engineering geology. I am sure that will end up being a more lucrative venture, but not as rewarding or interesting as planning. But considering my situation, I need a practical and marketable Masters.