I'm an unemployed civil engineer considering attending grad school in urban planning this Fall. It appears that urban planning job opportunities are pretty dismal currently. Even so, I haven't ruled out going to grad school. I don't think I can see myself pursuing civil engineering for the rest of my career. Civil engineers, in my experience, aren't given much opportunity to come up with creative ideas that improve communities. I enjoy researching what other cities have done. I also like interacting with the public, etc.
I've talked with a handful of planners about their work, but I'm looking to get more input.
My primary interest is transportation planning, particularly bicycle/pedestrian planning & design.
My question is, what is a typical day as a planner like? Better yet, give me a rundown of what you did at your last day of work.