I'm considering beginning planning school in the fall. It's an interest that I have had for a while, and it's work that needs to be done. However, in reading this forum and other sites, I've been realizing just how hard the planning profession seems to have been hit by the recession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts strong growth, but between the slump in construction and falling tax revenue, it appears that the reality is different from the expectations. Does anyone know more about the job market than this? For example--
1) Are there jobs in certain parts of the country/certain types of cities? For example, are some states, metropolitan areas, or kinds of cities (e.g., downtowns, affluent suburbs, growing exurbs) hiring while others are not. Where geographically are most of the jobs concentrated? It would be nice to live in a large city, since this sort of development has drawn me to the field, but is that where the jobs are?
2) What do planners think about the future of the field over the next decade?
3) Once you are a planner, how is mobility? If you wish to move to another region, is that normally possible, or do people feel locked in to their jobs?
4) Where are the most job opportunities? Local governments, developers, academia?
Thank you all for you help! (PS: my apologies if this topic has already been covered. I looked for it, but couldn't find equivalent discussion anywhere).