This is probably an irrelevant question but what do professionals in engineering, architecture and construction think of the planning profession?
In another forum board about planning, this was mentioned by a supposed planner on the profession:
Allow me to elaborate. When you say that it's tough for everyone right now because of the bad economy, that is simply not true. Look at any science or technology related field. What is the unemployment rate for software engineers, electrical engineers, and statisticians? Probably around 3 percent right now. Why? Because people in those fields actually do something important that requires solid skills attained over a long period of time. Because people who went to school in fields like that took challenging classes. Because those people actually do something useful for society rather than pushing papers from here to there.
Planning is a superfluous, nonessential field. Why do you think it's so easy to get into a top planning school? Why do you think that people graduating with masters degrees in planning have NO job offers upon graduating?
I got my masters in planning from one of THE best universities in the country and the program was a complete joke. It wasn't intellectually challenging in the least. I didn't even give it a 100 percent effort and I can cruised by with A's in nearly all of my classes. Hardly anyone in my cohort found a planning related job upon graduation whereas friends of mine in other real fields at the same prestigious university were getting recruited by fortune 500 companies before they even graduated.
What does that tell you? Planning = FAIL.
I was floored by the inane remarks. This will not change my decision on going into planning but I am wondering if this guy was just a major troll or was really venting his feelings about his chosed profession.
Do people really think about planning? Is it an irrelevant field? Why would anyone think so about this profession?