I am a soon to be graduate with an MA in urban and regional planning. I am also a practicing civil engineer. When I began my pursuit of a graduate degree, I did so envisioning being able to transition from engineering to a land-use policy planner (my dream) upon graduation and hopefully passing the AICP exam in short order. However, as I am nearly 40 and making this career transition much later than I intended, I’m much more skeptical (read: scared) about my chances to make that transition. Instead I’m leaning towards either NEPA or transportation planning that would allow me to apply for positions with MPOs or DOTs. I chose a graduate program that does not offer transportation planning so I will have to rely on my civil design background and some self-training to get up to speed on current technologies and trends.
Does anyone have a suggestion for training in transportation planning, either coursework or books, that could help me in this effort? I’m also thinking of re-joining ITE to get more involved in traffic engineering as a way to boost my understanding of transportation planning.